Shugborough Hall is the ancestral home of the Earls of Lichfield. Today it is managed by the National Trust and offers a fascinating visitor experience for adults and children alike. Much more than a house full of dusty old relics, the estate comprises several different sites including the Hall Farm, the County Museum, the Victorian Kitchens, and of course the Mansion House itself. All of this is set in 900 acres of landscaped gardens and meadows – the perfect backdrop for a balloon flight!
Many of you may remember Lord Lichfield (better known as Patrick Lichfield, the photographer). After his untimely death in 2005, his son, Lord Thomas, has now taken residence in the Mansion. We were fortunate enough to have flown Patrick Lichfield on several occasions over the years, and he even used our balloons in a couple of his photographic projects – most memorably for the Range Rover brochure and also for the British Tourist Authority.
On a trip to New York several years ago, our chief pilot was astonished to find a huge illuminated picture of one of our balloons, flying above Shugborough, in the airport concourse at JFK! It was all part of the advertising campaign orchestrated by the British Tourist Authority.
Shugborough also hosts many special events such as concerts, firework displays (not just on November 5th!), gardeners weekends, craft shows, gamekeepers fayres, Hallowe’en spooktaculars and Christmas by Candlelight evenings – there really is something for everyone.