This coming Bank Holiday Saturday 27th August we have a special free event at Mangotsfield Station with ecologist Nick Hudson and artist @feralpractice. With a Beast Hunt, Picnic and educational ecology talks, this is a perfect event for the family over the Bank Holiday weekend. FREE tickets and more information here.

When you’re visiting the Folly you can now join in the fun with this critter colouring-in book designed by Lucas Antics. Now everyone can get creative when they visit the folly! Download the book and #GETCOLOURING!

The finished mural at the folly. @lucas_antics say “Our inspiration for this project was taken from worlds much smaller than our own.


“We wanted to expand on ‘other worlds’ and what happens when you take time to stop and look at the creatures between the grasses and the buttercups. We love that every insect has its own unique voice and story to tell.” Picture by @charlesemerson_


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@feralpractice capturing the sounds of the folly and the local wildlife that call it home. During her residency, Fiona will explore and make field recordings of wildlife and collect personal stories from people, towards creating a new audio drama for Mangotsfield. Picture by @charlesemerson_

@lucas_antics deep in the detail and hard at work finishing the mural, which wraps around the folly structure, celebrating the local biodiversity of the site inhabits. Picture by @charlesemerson_

All signs point towards the folly! Signage designed by @straightandnarrowsigns. Picture by @charlesemerson_

Walk, talk and draw with local Bristol artist Feral Practice and Ornithologist Aurora Gonzalo Tarodo at Mangotsfield Folly. Learn about migration and partnership in the bird world and see birds up close.

art students site visit

The Folly welcomed five 2nd year Fine Art students from @bathspauni to the site as their base for their offsite project. The work was on show at Mangotsfield Folly in late May.

In Mangotsfield or Japan? The blossom came out just as the Folly is complete. Thanks to @charlesemerson_ for the shots.

Lead architects @_artel31 and project curator @suzanneheath met with @straightandnarrowsigns, who will be designing and producing some new signage for the Mangotsfield Folly project. This photo of old Mangotsfield Railway Station, circa 1959, provides some great inspiration.

Letter press studio in Bristol

Our creative programme manager & curator @suzanneheath had the pleasure of meeting with Nick Hand @theletterpresscollective who will be cycling his Printing Bike to Mangotsfield Folly later this year, offering people the opportunity to use the Adana printing press mounted to he bike.

Time for a cycle through the ages.

Worm’s eye view of the Folly’s form.

Site breakdown of folly, benches, tables and pathway.

The benches at the folly replicate the feeling of waiting on a platform, one of life’s rare incidence of sitting opposite a stranger without the awkwardness.

The site of the soon to be constructed folly nestled amongst the trees

Outline sketch by @hgallucci94

4 years and many minds in the making. Roll on spring.