On 1st May Leighton Hall opens its doors to the public to mark its 58th season and just a few days later plays host to a brand new event.
Family visitors to the lived in home of the Gillow furniture making dynasty, can expect all the usual hospitality from the Gillow Reynolds family, as well as an exciting calendar of events for 2016.
Until September, the Hall is open on weekday afternoons and various weekends for bank holidays and special events. The first of these is on Saturday 7th May, where Leighton play host to a huge car boot sale in aid of the British Red Cross. Not just any old car boot, this extravaganza sees only specially invited, high quality stall holders, selling the very best of wares. There will be displays of antiques, decorative objects, furniture, oriental rugs, sporting goods, clothing, and much more.
A representative from Tennants Auction House will be on hand to help with valuations, so if you have a treasured piece you’d like valuing, please bring it along. The tea room will be open all day and there will also be various quality food concessions.
Later, in July, the Classic Car Rally returns, along with two al fresco performances of Hamlet on Leighton’s lawns. In August there are extra activities for children, including the free Teddy Bear Treasure Hunt, as well as a sponsored walk for Parkinsons. The final event is the exciting Motorcycle Hill Climb in September.
Mrs Reynolds, Owner of Leighton Hall said “This year is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, so we are delighted that the wonderful Festival Player’s will be visiting us for two nights in July. Each year, we try and add something new to our family offering. Last year we upgraded all our children’s outdoor play facilities and this year we’ve more events than ever before. Of course all our family favourites are still here, including the birds of prey flying displays, house tours, tea rooms, gardens and parkland”.
Leighton Hall is famous for its Objets d’art, stunning pieces of Gillow furniture and has no roped off areas. Visitors are welcomed at the front door by child friendly and entertaining guides and encouraged to sit on the furniture, touch things and really get involved.
Leighton Hall is open weekday afternoons (Tues – Fri 2pm – 5pm), May – September. Admission Adults: £7.95, Concessions: £7.25, Children age 5 – 12, £4.95. For further information, please see www.leightonhall.co.uk
The Historic House Car Boot Sale is on Saturday 7th May 2016. 10:00am – 3:30pm
Admission: Adults £5. Children Free.
The Classic Car Rally is on Sunday 3rd July 2016. 10:00am – 4:00pm
Admission: Adults £6.50. Child £2.50
Shakespeare in the Garden. Hamlet. Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd July 2016. 7:30pm
Admission: Adults £15 Child £10
Walk for Parkinsons. Sunday 21st August 10:30am
Motorcycle Hill Climb. Sunday 25th September 2016. 9:00am
Admission: Adults £8.50. Child £3.50
Please see the Leighton Hall website at www.leightonhall.co.uk for further details