Gawthorpe Hall to close for major work

Gawthorpe Hall.'Photo Reece Farnhill
Gawthorpe Hall.'Photo Reece Farnhill

Visitors have a last chance to tour around an Elizabethan museum in Burnley before it closes for major refurbishment.

Gawthorpe Hall will be open on Bank Holiday Monday (May 4th) as guests will get the opportunity to visit the Victorian Kitchen.

The kitchen is not always open to the public so don’t miss this chance to use the spiral staircase as the Hall’s servants did to reach to the basement and explore the “below stairs” world of a grand house.

In addition, people will get a chance to see the carved “Waste Not, Want Not” over the range and the massive servant’s dining table. The housekeeper will also be in residence talking about the menus for grand meals, Victorian time saving gadgets and you can have a go at writing a menu with a quill pen.

As well as the kitchen, the rest of the Hall will be open decorated in its lavish Victorian style, especially the dining room and drawing room.

The building is going to close to the public next weekas extensive building repair work will be taking place for the rest of the year. Some rooms are already being prepared for this – paintings and furniture have been moved into storage, however, all rooms can still be viewed.

The Hall is open 12 to 5 pm (Wednesdays to Sundays) and Bank Holiday Monday, May 4th, (admission charge £4 adults), kitchen open on Monday, May 4th only (included in normal admission charge). Hall closed completely from Friday, May 8th, reopening next year.

l An illustrated costume talk entitled “fairytale fashion” will be held at Gawthorpe Hall on Thursday (May 7th). Guests will get a chance to step into their favourite stories as the world of magical clothes – the red riding hood, cloaks of invisibility, seven league boots and, of course, the legendary glass slippers – is explored. In Fairytale Fashion, people will explore the enchanting history of the Princess dress, from Cinderella’s ball gown to Princess Diana and Disney. The talk is on Thursday, May 7th, at 7 pm. Tickets are priced £12 each, which includes a glass of wine. Advance booking is essential by calling 01282 771004.