Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in Hertfordshire has been recognised for its outstanding efforts and achievements within the hospitality industry after making the finals of the East of England’s ‘Small Attraction of the Year’ award.

Widely recognised as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Moore, along with his wife Irina, established their house and studios in Perry Green in 1940. The rural setting served not only as a refuge from The Blitz, but as a source of inspiration – influencing the scale and scope of many of Moore’s most acclaimed works.

The peaceful grounds are just a short trip from London (a 27-mile drive or 40-minute train journey), and present Moore’s iconic sculptures in the landscape where he conceived them. The judges liked the “attention to detail” and overall offering at this attraction. In particular, the family activity packs, which they said are great for “keeping children engaged and interested in the park”. They said that the Studios & Gardens “showcase  amazing sculptures by Henry Moore where nature and art blend together seamlessly” and added “overall, all staff are enthusiastic, professional and work hard to build a rapport with guests”.

The other finalists in this category include BugzUK and Watatunga Wildlife Reserve. The awards will take place on 16 March 2023 at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in Hertfordshire is pleased to welcome groups back for 2023 from 5 April to experience the life and work of Britain’s most famous sculptor. As part of the visit groups will be able to enjoy Vitality: The Human Landscapes of Henry Moore.

Two itineraries are on offer, all of which include a guided tour of the sculpture gardens, exhibition and studios:

• Itinerary A: Exhibition, Studios and Gardens, £13pp

A shorter visit, ideal for groups who are travelling from further afield, itinerary A includes a 90-minute tour of the sculpture gardens, studios and exhibition, plus time to enjoy the 70 acre site, refreshments and gift shop.

• Itinerary B: Tour of Henry Moore’s home, Hoglands, £18pp

A full day visit which offers your group the chance to see Hoglands, the Moore’s family home, in the morning. Inside you’ll see the extraordinary collection of artworks that Henry Moore acquired during his lifetime, as well as the flints, bones and shells which inspired his work. After lunch, you will join one of the knowledgeable and friendly Volunteer Guides for your tour.

Groups of between 10 and 40 visitors are welcome, see henry-moore.org/visit/henry-moore-studios-gardens/group-visits or call 01279 843333.

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