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National Trust events in the North West

Events and activities for autumn and winter 2017

What’s on: Get out and about this autumn and winter
There’s so much going on at all your favourite places over the coming months. Here’s a taster of what’s happening near you.

For a full list of activities and events visit:

Key: * – normal admission charges apply, £ – small charge for some activities, BE – booking essential.

Regular events & exhibitions

Dunham Massey
A taste of autumn
See website for times
Get a taste for what makes Dunham so special during autumn with a range of events, walks, talks and tastings.* £

Daily until 29 October
Little Moreton Hall
‘The Senses: The Dreamer is Still Asleep’ 11am – 5pm
Discover a sound and aromatic installation by artist and composer Scanner, with a sonic experience exploring the transcendent time between sleeping and waking with sounds that would once have filled the hall.*

Daily from 13 November
Speke Hall
Wildlife & wellies
10.30am – 3.30pm
The hall’s wrapped up for winter but there’s still plenty to explore. Whether you’re 6 or 60, bring your wellies and go for a great winter walk with our self-guide map.*

Daily until 19 November
Rufford Old Hall
The Travelling Baronet
11am – 4pm
On the final leg of his world cruise, Sir Thomas Hesketh visits Japan and the Americas. Find out about what he saw and who he met.*

Daily until 19 November
Quarry Bank
‘Arts and Wonder’ season
During normal opening hours
Both mill owners and mill workers carved out space for intellectual, social and creative pursuits. This exhibition will explore these themes through a range of artistic responses.*

Wednesday – Sunday until 5 November
Speke Hall
Untold Tales, Chapter Two: wealth and Wiles
12.30 – 3pm
Join us in exploring the next chapter of Speke’s hidden stories. Discover an exhibition and installations revealing the rags to riches tale of Richard Watt.*

Every first Wednesday
Hare Hill
Garden tour
11am – 12 noon
Enjoy an informative tour of Hare Hill garden with one of our expert gardeners.*

Every third Friday
Hare Hill
Walk with the ranger
11am – 1pm
Join the Hare Hill ranger for a walk in the park and an insight into ranger life.*


Saturday 21 October

Rufford Old Hall (until 5 November), Scarecrow festival, 11am – 4pm
See a wonderful display of scarecrows made by the staff, volunteers and local community of Rufford as part of our half-term harvest event.*

Lyme (until 22 October) Jumping Jack-o’-lanterns 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
Carve a pumpkin lantern in the Timber Yard to scare the ghosts away.* £4.50 BE (01663 762023)

Tatton Park (until 29 October), A hidden Hallowe’en, During normal opening hours
Celebrate the spookiest time of year with frightening trails, practise your sleuthing skills in the house, journey through the mystery maze and join in creepy conker fun.*

Hare Hill (until 29 October) Hallowe’en at Hare Hill 10.30am – 4pm
Join the ghoulish fun at Hare Hill on a spooktacular self-guided trail, plus extra scary activities at the weekend.*

Sunday 22 October

Lyme (also 26 November, 17 December), Trust10 run, 9 – 11.30am
Join us for Lyme’s free monthly 10km run through the park. Dash through beautiful scenery that will inspire you to keep going and beat that personal best! *

Speke Hall (also 26 November, 17 December, 28 January) Trust10 run, 9 – 10.45am
Take on a fresh running challenge in a beautiful landscape at our free monthly 10km trail run, open to both members and non-members. Free

Monday 23 October

Quarry Bank (until 27 October), Meteorites and fireballs, 11am – 4pm
Enjoy science family fun this half-term, and gaze at the stars in a pop-up cosmodome show. Part of Manchester Science Festival.* Cosmodome show: £2 BE (01625 527468)

Dunham Massey (until 25 October), Spooky stories, 12 noon – 4pm
Test your bravery with some spooky stories from storyteller Helen Stewart.*

Little Moreton Hall (until 29 October), Hallowtide, 11am – 5pm
Join us as we explore how the Tudors stayed safe.*

Dunham Massey (until 27 October), Deer discovery trail, 11am – 3pm
Bring the family for a trail of discovery to find out about the autumn rituals of the deer and how we look after the herd.*

Tuesday 24 October

Rufford Old Hall Besom making, 12 noon – 2pm
Bring along your little witches and wizardsto make a besom broom with our garden team.* £3 per besom

Wednesday 25 October

Lyme (until 26 October), Terrifying tales at The Cage, 12 noon – 12.45pm, 1.30 – 2.15pm &
2.30 – 3.15pm
Scare your socks off with our petrifying professional storyteller in the atmospheric and spooky hunting lodge. Age 6 +.*
£3 BE (01663 762023)

Formby Make a bird box, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
Come and make a bird box with our rangers, and take it home with you.
£5 per bird box BE (01704 878591)

Speke Hall (also 15 November, 17 & 31 January), Spooky Speke, 6.30 & 8pm
Spend a dark winter evening at Speke Hall. Enjoy a delicious winter warmer in the restaurant and join the Lady in Black as she leads you around the hall by torchlight and relives ghostly encounters with former inhabitants. Age 18+. £23 BE (0151 427 7231)

Friday 27 October

Lyme Fright run, 2pm & 6pm
Join the Hallowe’en fun run around the park – fancy dress is a must! 2pm – a little scary, perfect for young families. 6pm – scare-tastic, age 6+, head torch required.* £2 BE (01663 762023)

Quarry Bank (until 28 October), Spooky tours, 6.30 – 9.30pm (tours every 15 minutes)
Join us if you dare for a ghostly and haunting trip through the mill performed by NRG theatre company with the help of Staffordshire University students.
Age 12+. £10 BE (01625 527468)

Saturday 28 October

Speke Hall (until 5 November) Enchanted Speke: Hansel & Gretel 10.30am – 4pm
The next chapter of our year-long Enchanted Speke series unfolds. Explore the eerie woodland, solve the trail and see if you can spot the witch.*

Tatton Park (until 29 October), Food & gift fair, 10.30am – 5pm
Discover mini shops filled with specialist retailers from across the North West and artisan food producers with tempting treats. Visit for more information. Free entry to the fair, park entry £6 per car


Saturday 4 November

Dunham Massey Special guided walk: park buildings, 11.30am – 1.30pm
Join a guided walk to explore the architectural features dotted around Dunham’s park that help reveal its history.*

Tatton Park (until 5 November), Christmas gift fair, 10.30am – 5pm
Browse Christmas gifts for all the family and find ideas for presents not usually found in high street shops. Visit for more information. Free entry to the fair, park entry £6 per car

Sunday 5 November

Rufford Old Hall Cook on a campfire 12 noon – 2pm
Gather round the campfire to cook some tasty treats.*

Saturday 18 November

Quarry Bank ‘Loom and Doom’ murder mystery dinner, 7 – 10pm
There’s been a murder at the mill but who’s behind the crime? Solve the mystery over a two course meal as Absolute Murder play out ‘Loom and Doom’, with a host of suspicious characters from 1834 weaving a plot of murder and intrigue. £37.50 BE (01625 527468)

Saturday 18 November

Dunham Massey (until 2 January), Runaway Rudolph, 10.30am – 3.30pm
A herd of magical deer returns this Christmas and there’s a secret for you to uncover if you find all eight.* £2

Monday 20 November

Tatton Park (until 3 December, also 8 – 10, 15 – 17 & 23 December), ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)
Explore the secret symbolism behind the well-known Christmas carol, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, on a magical journey through the house. See decorations made of fresh foliage and greenery, inspired by turtle doves, gold rings and ladies dancing. Admission charges apply for members plus park entry £6 per car

Wednesday 22 November

Speke Hall (until 23 November), Christmas decorating workshop, 1pm
Come along and admire our fabulous traditional Victorian Christmas decorations before taking part in a workshop to make your own to take home. £18 BE (0151 427 7231)

Friday 24 November

Speke Hall (also 1 & 8 December), Tranquil festive Fridays, 12.30 – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
Enjoy a more peaceful version of our Christmas festivities – stroll around the hall, decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas, and enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant.*

Lyme (also Friday – Monday until 24 December), Regency Christmas, 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)
Experience the celebrations and traditions of the festive period in the Regency era, when Thomas Legh and his family lived at Lyme.*

Tatton Park (until 26 November) Tatton Christmas shopping fair Friday 11.30am – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm
Find the perfect gift with over 40 stalls in the Tenants Hall offering a wide range of present ideas, food, drink and Christmas essentials. Free entry to the fair, park entry
£6 per car

Tatton Park (until 26 November) Tatton Christmas shopping fair Friday 11.30am – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm
Find the perfect gift with over 40 stalls in the Tenants Hall offering a wide range of present ideas, food, drink and Christmas essentials. Free entry to the fair, park entry, £6 per car

Friday 24 November

Lyme (also Friday – Monday until 24 December), Regency festive afternoon tea, 12 noon – 4pm
Join us for afternoon tea with a festive twist where you’ll be served a variety of sweet and savoury Christmas delights, perfectly accompanied by a glass of bubbly. Tel: 01663 761400.* £22.50 BE (01663 762023)

Tatton Park Lantern parade 6pm
Light Father Christmas’s route as he arrives on his sleigh to spend Christmas at the farm. Bring your own lantern or buy one on the night. Don’t forget to bring your Christmas list to put in our special postbox. Admission charges apply for members plus park entry £6 per car

Saturday 25 November

Speke Hall (also 26 November, 2, 3,9 & 10 December), Victorian Christmas weekends, 12.30 – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Rufford Old Hall (until 17 December), A Victorian family Christmas, 11am – 4pm
Visit the hall, decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas, enjoy lots of family activities including trails and sugar mice making and pay a call on Father Christmas.* £

Tatton Park (weekends until 23 December), Father Christmas at the farm, 11am – 4pm
Come and see your favourite farmyard friends when you visit Father Christmas and his reindeer, Prancer and Dancer. Admission charges apply for members plus park car entry of £6

Wednesday 29 November

Quarry Bank (also Wednesday – Sunday until 10 December), Preparing for a Georgian Christmas, 10.30am – 4pm
In Quarry Bank House the family are getting ready for Christmas, while the apprentices remain hard at work. Join us as we prepare the festivities.*

Little Moreton Hall (also Wednesday – Sunday until 17 December), Yuletide celebrations, 11am – 4pm
Explore a traditional Tudor Christmas at Little Moreton Hall. Join us at weekends for music, storytelling, displays, entertaining jesters and activities or visit on weekdays to take a closer look at festive food.*


Friday 1 December

Quarry Bank (also 8 & 15 December) Baby and toddler meet Father Christmas 10.30am – 4pm
Join us for a special Christmas baby and toddler storytelling and play session, which includes a private family visit to Father Christmas and a gift. Age 6 months - 5 years. Child £9, incl. gift BE (01625 527468)

Dunham Massey (also Friday – Sunday until 10 December and 14 – 24 December) Christmas at Dunham Massey, 4.45 – 10pm
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the gardens of Dunham Massey are all aglow. Follow this twinkling winter trail for a magical after dark experience. Member tickets: adult £14.50, child £8.50, plus parking £5 BE (booking fee applies). For member discount, use code NTDM17.

Saturday 2 December

Dunham Massey Special guided walk: wider estate, 11.30am – 1.30pm
There’s more than meets the eye at Dunham Massey. Join us for a walk outside the park walls to find out about the wider estate.*

Rufford Old Hall (until 17 December), A Victorian family Christmas, 11am – 4pm
Enjoy the house traditionally decorated for the festive season before dropping in to visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto.* Child £5, incl. gift BE (01704 821254)

Quarry Bank (also 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17 December), Meet Father Christmas at Quarry Bank, 10.30am – 4pm
Get your wish-list at the ready! Join in with a special half hour session of festive activities, including a private family visit to Father Christmas and a gift. Age 4 – 10. Child £9, incl. gift BE (01625 527468)

Saturday 2 December

Gawthorpe Hall (until 3 December), Victorian Christmas weekend, 11am – 3pm (last entry 2.30pm)
See the hall decorated for a Victorian Christmas, meet the ‘housekeeper’ in the kitchen and enjoy festive readings in the library, as well as carol singers, craft activities and Father Christmas. Admission charges apply for members: adult £4, concession £3

Wednesday 6 December

Speke Hall (until 8 December) Evenings of festive music 6.30pm & 8pm
Explore the ground floor, decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas, and enjoy a carol concert in the Great Hall, followed by festive refreshments. Adult £14, child £7 BE (0151 427 7231)

Wednesday 13 December

Quarry Bank (also Wednesday – Sunday until 24 December), A Georgian Christmas, 10.30am – 4pm
Step back into two very different Georgian Christmases. Enjoy the sophisticated celebrations of the mill owning Gregs and the humble festivities of the apprentices.*

Tuesday 26 December

Quarry Bank (also Wednesday – Sunday until 7 January), Twelfth Night celebrations, 10.30am – 4pm
We’re keeping the festivities going with Twelfth Night celebrations. Come along to experience the food, fun and traditions of this forgotten celebration.*

Getting in touch

To book or find out more, please visit our website or call our places on the numbers below.

Hare Hill 01625 584412
Dunham Massey 0161 941 1025
Formby 01704 878591
Gawthorpe Hall 01282 771004
The Hardmans’ House 0151 709 6261
Little Moreton Hall 01260 272018
Lyme 01663 762023
Quarry Bank 01625 527468
Rufford Old Hall 01704 821254
Speke Hall 0151 427 7231
Tatton Park 01625 374400

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