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Sewerby Hall and Gardens reopens to the public for the 2017 season

Sewerby Hall and Gardens is to re-open to the public for the 2017 season on Saturday, 1 April.

Marie Gascoigne, facility manager at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, said: “The start of a new season is always something to look forward to.

“Throughout the autumn and winter a great deal of time and effort goes into organising the many events and activities we have planned for our visitors.

“Young or old, there is something for everyone this year and a visit to Sewerby Hall and Gardens is a must.

“This year we have brand new events running alongside regular visitor favourites.

“The website is fully up-to-date and the best place to find all the current information about our events, activities and exhibitions.”

The 2017 brochure is now available from the Welcome Centre.

Admission charges are £7 for adults, £4.90 for children and £22 for a family (two adults and two children) and apply from Saturday, 1 April. There is no additional charge to attend events and activities unless otherwise stated.

Excellent value annual passes are also available starting from £12.50 and can be purchased or renewed online or via any pay box.

For further information please call (01262) 673769 or visit www.sewerbyhall.co.uk


Summer of Fun about to begin at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Sewerby Hall and Gardens has unveiled its Summer of Fun for 2017 - with 60  scheduled events during the six weeks of the school holidays, it’s one of the biggest summer programmes the venue has put on.

The team at Sewerby Hall and Gardens are hoping that visitors will head to the coastal attraction, located just outside Bridlington. The summer holidays will see at least one event every day, many of them linked to the summer exhibition – ‘Beside the Seaside’ - which looks at the colourful and varied history of Bridlington as a seaside resort.

Sea-themed events during the holiday period include interactive adventure walks with Rusticus characters, including the Sewerby Treasure Hunter (every Monday); the Sewerby mermaid (Tuesdays); and the Beside the Seaside adventure every Thursday.

Special day-long events include :

Yorkshire Day : 1 August : Morris Dancing; Great Yorkshire Moments; making an East Riding flag; Yorkshire pudding spoon racing; and more
The Big Picnic : Sunday 20 August : Morris Minor car rally; Punch and Judy; bouncy castles
East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Rally : Sunday 27 August
Craft Fairs : Sundays 6 and 27 August
Regular events during the summer will also include:

Wednesdays : Magic Day and Donkey Rides
Selected Fridays : outdoor play sessions, and classic family games
Every Friday : music workshops
Orangery concerts
As well as the events programme, visitors will also be able to enjoy the house, sympathetically restored to how it might have appeared in the Edwardian era; the zoo; the extensive gardens; the café, shop, and ice cream parlour; and activities including putting and croquet.

Starting from Monday, 24 July, daily throughout the week, the fun and games include Encounters and Adventures with the Rusticus Theatre Arts team, donkey rides (£2 each), magic shows, face painting, music workshops and activities from the council’s Sport, Play and Arts team.

Flamborough Head Lighthouse opens its doors to visitors for guided tours from Saturday, 22 July continuing daily throughout the holidays apart from Fridays, which is Trinity House’s weekly maintenance day.

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, said : “This is an exceptional summer programme of events at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, which adds even more to a visit to this hugely popular attraction!”

Facility manager Marie Gascoigne added : “The team at Sewerby Hall and Gardens have really enjoyed putting this amazing programme of events together, and we are looking forward to welcoming families and visitors of all ages right across the summer holidays!”

Full details of all the events, the facilities available, admission prices, annual passes, and opening hours are at www.sewerbyhall.co.uk


A chance to volunteer for a range of roles at Sewerby Hall and Gardens in 2017

Sewerby Hall and Gardens, near Bridlington, are looking for volunteers to help with three aspects of their visitor programme in 2017.
Costume Project Volunteers are needed to help to run sewing and costume- making sessions in the Orangery every Monday during the season when the house is open to the public, between Easter and the end of October. Members of the public will be able to engage with the volunteers to find out more about the costumes and fashions at Sewerby Hall over the years. The volunteers will care for, and maintain, the costumes worn by volunteer interpreters and used as dressing-up materials by the public, and will also make new costumes in the Orangery for use in the Hall. This role needs no formal qualifications or experience, though basic sewing skills are needed.

Learning and Interpretation Volunteers will take part in regular costumed interpretation days at the Hall, and are particularly needed on Fridays during the opening season. The volunteers also facilitate and run family activities across the year, and help groups and schools when they visit. Training will be given on how to engage with visitors and schoolchildren.

Engagement volunteers are needed for a new activity for 2017: ‘The Sewerby Social’. This will be a new games afternoon every Monday, when visitors will be invited to join in a relaxing afternoon of board games, music and chat in the Orangery, over tea, coffee and cakes. Engagement volunteers will make these afternoon sessions successful and enjoyable, and will need to be friendly, personable, willing to participate in activities and games, and enjoy working in a team. No formal experience or qualifications are necessary.

Education officer Robert Chester said: “We are looking for volunteers to help to increase visitor enjoyment and appreciation of this hugely popular Grade One listed country house, which was beautifully restored in 2014 to how it would have appeared in 1910.

“We do not expect people necessarily to be able to give up their time every single week, but we are looking for a good level of commitment for all these roles. Volunteering here at Sewerby Hall and Gardens is a great way to get to know people, and it’s great fun as well, and, where appropriate, can look very good on a CV. For older volunteers, there is no doubt that it’s a great way to make friends and socialise.”
There will be four volunteer meetings a year, including the Christmas party, and volunteers taken on to the scheme will be able to take advantage of the Northern Museums Volunteer Pass Scheme.

Volunteers for all these roles must be 18 and over, but anybody is welcome to apply. References will be needed, and applications should be made online via the council’s volunteer application form at the Sewerby Hall section of the East Riding Museums website :www.museums.eastriding.gov.uk. Applicants will also have to complete a short informal visit and discussion at Sewerby Hall.


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