Stephen Fry voices bench “for weary bottoms”

National Trust unveils speaking park benches for UK tourist spots


Stephen Fry and others are recording audio monologues inspired by nature which will be played through speakers on special benches in key beauty spots around the UK.


Fry’s bench will be installed at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk and the polymath said: “To quote, or nearly quote, WH Davies, ‘What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to sit and stare?’ I am very proud to be associated with a bench and I hope I provide comfort, balm and solace for many a weary bottom.”

Listeners sitting on Fry’s speaking bench will hear him recounting stories of when he filmed A Cock and Bull Story at Felbrigg Hall.

Other celebrities include Claudia Winkleman, cricket’s David Gower, philosopher Alain de Botton and comedian Miranda Hart whose monologue is about how a bike ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End revived her love for the outdoors.


Other locations for the eight special benches – which took six months to make – will be at: Craigside, Northumberland; Quarry Mill Bank, Cheshire; Petworth House and Park, West Sussex; Cotehele, Cornwall; Calke Abbey, Derbyshire and Dinefwr Park and Castle, Carmarthenshire.