No birthday is complete without balloons, presents and most importantly, a cake, which is why we’ve launched a new competition – Brown’s Birthday Bake.
The competition coincides with the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown. He was baptised in Kirkharle, Northumberland, on 30 August 1716, so the three hundredth anniversary is when our winners will be announced.
To enter, all you have to do is make a Capability Brown-inspired bake. The design can be novel or serious, either with a focus on Brown himself; taking inspiration from a local Brown landscape; or highlighting one of his signature design elements, such as a serpentine lake, clump of trees or even a ha-ha.
Anyone over the age of 18 can take part, but to be in with a chance of winning, you need to share an image of your cake on social media either via Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest using #brownsbirthdaybake, or on Facebook by posting it to our profile page.
The competititon is now closed for entries.
A small team of judges will review the entries, drawing up a shortlist of up to 20 finalists, from which three lucky winners will be selected. The results will be announced on social media on Tuesday 30 August 2016. Prizes will be given for the top three cake designs and include a luxurious overnight stay at Weston Park's stunning Temple of Diana; a champagne hamper together with free entry tickets to one of Brown’s most prestigious sites; and a family pass for any National Trust landscape. The winners will also each receive a copy of garden historian Sarah Rutherford’s book Capability Brown and his Landscape Gardens, which provides an insight into Brown and his work.
Ceryl Evans, Capability Brown Festival Director, said: “The Capability Brown Festival is about engaging people with the life, work and legacy of Capability Brown – whether this be existing fans, or people who have heard his name but are unsure as to why, or what he did. We hope that Brown’s Birthday Bake will entice audiences who love baking to find out more about Brown, by perhaps creating a scene from one of his landscapes or even a sponge portrait of Brown himself!”
For the competition's full terms and conditions, see below.