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Beyond the black & white is a Tudor house with a Victorian personality
Speke Hall is a rare Tudor timber-framed manor house in a most unusual setting on the banks of the River Mersey. Restored and brought back to life in the 19th century, it is a unique and beautiful mixture of Tudor simplicity and Victorian Arts and Crafts' aesthetics.
Built by the devout Catholic Norris family - keen to impress visitors with the grandeur of their home and in particular the magnificent Great Hall - this beautiful building has witnessed more than 400 years of turbulent history. From the Tudor period when a secret priest hole was an essential feature, to years of neglect and decay in the 18th and 19th centuries (including a spell when it was used as a cow shed) and then being dragged into the Victorian era of improvement and technology, the Hall has seen it all.
In the 21st century, Speke Hall and its surrounding estate now provide a real oasis from the hurly burly of modern life. As you come through the gates, relax, take a breath and enjoy all that this wonderful place has to offer. The Hall is surrounded by beautiful restored gardens and protected by a collar of woodland.
The Secret Garden
On 29 June, The Bookworm Players return to present The Secret Garden.
Bring a picnic and chair and settle down on the North Lawn to enjoy the classic tale of Mary, Dickon, Colin and their secret garden. This play has been specially written for the whole family to enjoy.
Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children. Call Reception on 0151 728 5850 to buy them.
As You Like It
The Lord Chamberlain's Men return to Speke Hall on Wednesday 3rd July to breathe new life into one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies.
The play starts at 7pm and gates will open from 6pm. Bring a picnic and some chairs, settle down and let the players whisk you away to the forest court of the exiled Duke of Arden.
After the success of last year's festival, it will return on Sat 20 & Sun 21 July this year.
We have a huge variety of veteran, vintage and classic vehicles exhibiting over the weekend, live music and dance performances and all sorts of stalls and shops
Please note that this will take place on the old maze field. Admission to the festival is by donation but if you wish to visit the grounds, gardens and Hall then normal admission will apply for these areas.