Thousands of fans of the popular BBC television series Antiques Roadshow braved the heat to show their family heirlooms and car boot treasures to experts at National Trust Cymru’s Powis Castle and Garden.
Filming of the 45th series of the Roadshow started a few months ago and, for the first time in the show’s history, eager members of the public were invited to apply for tickets to ensure they could attend.
Amber heat warnings didn’t stop the fun, as enthusiasts from around the country made the trip to see how much their prized possessions would be worth, and to be in with a chance of being filmed for the programme.
Shane Logan, Powis Castle and Garden’s general manager, said:
“It’s been a pleasure working with the BBC to bring the Antiques Roadshow to Welshpool.
“A huge thank you goes to the volunteer stewards and staff who endured a long day in hot conditions to ensure the smooth-running of the event. It’s safe to say we’re all excited to see the show air on TV soon.”
Several items from Powis Castle’s world-class collection and internationally renowned garden were filmed for three episodes of the much-loved show, as well as items brought along by ticketholders.
The public will have to wait until the show airs on BBC One to find out what discoveries were made.
Filming took place in the Edwardian Formal Garden, famous for its lawns, rosebeds and century old apple trees, with views of the medieval castle and 17th century Italianate terraces in the distance.
First broadcast in 1979, the Antiques Roadshow remains one of the most popular factual programmes on BBC One, with some six million people regularly watching on Sunday evenings.
Powis Castle and Garden is open daily throughout summer. For opening times, admission prices and more information, visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle-and-garden