|Haigh Hall throws opens its doors this summer
DURING this summer’s school holidays, visitors to Haigh Country Park are invited to visit Haigh Hall and step inside the historic Georgian mansion house.
There will be no admission fee for visitors who, once inside, will learn about the hall’s Anglo Saxon roots and the first Haigh Hall built in 1173, retrace the steps of Lady Mabel and her forebears - the Earls of Crawford and Balcarres - and see the dining table of the West Library as it would have looked at the turn of the century.
Lisa Lamari, Business Operations Manager at WLCT, which manages Haigh Hall, said: “Many people visit Haigh Hall to attend events such as weddings or conferences, and many local people just see the outside of the building when walking through the estate. This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to come inside and experience the hall’s varied and colourful heritage.”
Haigh Hall will be open to the public from 9am – 4pm on days during the school summer holidays when there are no private events taking place within the venue.
The open days are part of a programme of activity to make the hall and its history more accessible. Haigh Hall already hosts popular history and supper tours and is planning to showcase some of Lord Crawford’s collection of books.
“We have welcomed more than 500 people so far this year as part of group history tours of the building and we hope that the open days will welcome as many people again,” said Lisa.
Cllr Chris Ready, Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “I’d encourage anyone who has not experienced the inside of this wonderful building to come along for a visit and learn about the history right on our doorstep.”
Visitors wanting information on the dates of the open days and information on forthcoming group history tours can call WLCT Contact Centre 01942 832895.