Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Lotherton Hall Springs into new era with Easter spectacular


Caption: Lotherton Hall will be the place to be this Easter weekend

Lotherton Hall in Leeds celebrates entering a new era with a Spring Spectacular of events and activities this Easter weekend.

A range of improvements are being carried out at the popular tourist attraction near Aberford as part of a major investment by Leeds City Council which manages the historic country house and its surrounding estate.

Visitors will be able to see some of the changes at the popular attraction on Saturday and Sunday (April 7-8), when a range of family activities will be taking place from 10am to 5pm each day.

In the house itself, the Drawing Room is being restored while the story of the former owners the Gascoigne family is told through video and audio recordings. Two of the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms have been refurbished, while the Costume Gallery is showcasing ‘The Victorian Look Book’, an exhibition themed around classic Victorian fashion, wallpapers, textiles and furniture. Among the works featured in the exhibition supported by Morris & Co are those by famous names such as William Morris, Christopher Dresser, Pugin, Charles Rennie Macintosh and Charles Frederick Worth.

In the Stable Courtyard, the carriagehouses will be open with visitors able to see the original Edwardian fittings which are still intact, as well the carriage collection including the stagecoach once owned by the Earl of Derby complete with its fine silver stylings.

Sunday 8 April sees the first-ever farmers market held at Lotherton Hall, selling a wide range of goods and fresh produce. Also both inside and outside the house visitors will be able to follow trails while in addition there will be storytelling sessions.

Special ‘meet the keeper’ sessions will be taking place in the bird garden which is home to over 200 bird species including flamingos, owls, condors and hornbills, while there will also be demonstrations of how to make nest boxes to place in any garden.

A range of new tactile interactives are also being put in place in the bird garden, allowing an ideal learning experience such as being able to see how birds see through special ‘birdvision’.

Other changes in progress are the rockery being restored to its original style, while the orchard which has previously been closed to the public is now open up to visitors. A new woodland play area is opening soon offering a car-free safe zone ideal for family picnics.

A new pricing structure is now in place at Lotherton Hall, with visitors for the first time paying a single price for parking and access to all the facilities. New season-tickets are also now on sale, offering unlimited access to Lotherton Hall and the estate throughout the year.

The final change visitors will notice is that the attraction will now be open on Mondays when it was previously closed, and it will also be open all-year round after historically being closed throughout January and February.

Lotherton Hall estate manager Maria Akers said:

“Lotherton Hall is a fantastic day out for all the family, and this Spring Spectacular over the Easter weekend is the perfect chance to go along and see the improvements that have already been made to the house, the bird garden and the estate.

“With a range of fun activities and the first-ever farmers market at Lotherton Hall there is something for people of all ages to enjoy, and with all LEEDSCard holders gaining discounted entry it adds up to a great way to spend the Easter weekend.”

For more information on Lotherton Hall, visit the website at www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall/

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