The Antiques Roadshow at Hartland Abbey

Joseph Bulmer

Popular television show will be filmed in North Devon this summer

THE BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will be coming to Hartland Abbey this July and people across the region have been invited to start rummaging for treasures in the attic or dust off the family heirlooms and bring them along.

On Thursday, July 7 local people and visitors are welcome to attend the free event with their historic memorabilia, antiques or mystery artefacts to have them identified and valued by the programme’s team of experts.

The much-loved series, currently presented by Fiona Bruce, has not been visited the area for more than 20 years – the last time was in Barnstaple in 1987.

The filming is expected to run throughout the day and all people have to do is simply turn up and wait until they can be seen by an expert.

Hartland Abbey owners Sir Hugh and Lady Angela Stucley were approached just before Christmas about the possibility of the historic building hosting the programme.

“We’re thrilled to have it here and it’s wonderful for the greater area North Devon and Hartland in particular,” said Lady Stucley.

“They were looking at other places as well, so we were very surprised when they chose us, but I think they also enjoyed the fascinating tales from the history of the abbey.”

The house itself will be closed on the day as it will be used for filming, but the gardens and access to the beach will be open as normal. A barbecue, hog roast and refreshments will be available.

It is not yet known when the programme will be broadcast.

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