Winter at Beningbrough
The days may be shorter but Beningbrough opens weekends in winter for bracing walks and warming refreshment with plenty still to see and do including the Winter Wildlife in Print exhibition in the gardens and Hayloft.
When to visit
- Open winter weekends from 9 November to 1 March 2020.
- Open on Boxing Day to Sunday 29 December plus New Year's Day.
- The gardens, restaurant and shop are open 11am - 3.30pm.
- Open for the local half-term school holiday Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 February 2020 (closed Monday).
Wrap up warm and explore Beningbrough's indoor and outdoor art exhibition...
And to bed...
During winter, the conservation team carry out essential conservation work for the long term care of the building and collection. This year the work is more extensive so please note the entire hall including Saloon Galleries will be closed from 4 November 2019, re-opening on 3 March 2020 with a brand new Arts Council Collection exhibition, In the Moment: the Art of Wellbeing.
The new winter art exhibition will give you plenty to see in the gardens, outdoor buildings and Hayloft. And this December, Father Christmas will be dropping into the Victorian Laundry to use the washing facilities before his big day.
The Victorian laundry
During the colder months the fragile linen collection needs protection and it's the perfect opportunity to have a gentle clean. Typically through winter therefore the laundry has less on display than during the main season. On weekends leading up to Christmas, our very special guest from lapland will be in the laundry for pre-bookable story sessions.
Eating and shopping in winter
After all that exploring you might want to have a rest, refuel and warm up a little. The stables shop has a large range of seasonal gifts and cards or things to help you enjoy your outdoor adventures. Browse with the contentment knowing all the profits made help the conservation work of the National Trust.
In the walled garden restaurant cakes are made fresh each weekend and hot meals for a warming lunch. Hot food is served 11.30am - 2pm with delicious locally sourced, homemade meals on the menu.
New in 2018 was the introduction of the Brew House - a cafe in the laundry courtyard near to the wilderness play area, open until 3pm. It's the perfect place to warm up with a hot drink whilst the family plays and this winter they will be serving soup and mulled wine. Dog's are welcome and the new toilets next door make visiting the far reaches of the garden a little more comfortable!
See 300,000 spring bulbs in the ha-ha walk
Many visitors helped in 2016 with the challenge to plant 300,000 bulbs to commemorate the 300th year of the hall. As winter turns to spring, wander along the ha-ha walk and soak in the views over the south parkland. The colour will flow from the whites of the river of snowdrops into pale purples of crocus and yellow of daffodils. The challenge is to spot which patch you planted!
Dogs are welcome to visit with you on winter weekends
February half term
Open Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 February (closed Monday) for the local school holidays. Along with all the regular things to do, expect stories, art workshops and the last chance to become a tree dectective on the trail to kick start your spring adventures.
Keep up to date with what's on.
Stretch your legs a little further in the parkland
The formal gardens sit in the middle of 380 acres of parkland full of ancient trees and wildlife habitats. This is free to enjoy and open everyday in daylight hours......but come prepared as it can be muddy and all facilities will be closed except on a weekend. It's free to park and walks can be enjoyed through wooded glades and along riverside paths from 20 minutes to 2 hours. Dogs are welcome in the parkland, but please keep dogs on leads or under close control and pick up after your four-legged friend.