This autumn at East Riddlesden Hall
As the weather starts to change and feel cooler, it's time to wrap up warm and make the most of the shorter days. The gardens are beginning to slow down and the house is starting to take on a different light.
If you're thinking of visiting us this autumn, here are some things that you might not want to miss:
Halloween half term
Saturday 20 October - Thursday 1 November (closed Fridays), 10.30am - 4.30pm
Head along this half term to hear spooky stories in the barn at 1.30pm. Follow a coloured pumpkin trail around the garden, and get crafty in the house making pompom pumpkins, spiders and ghosts. Learn how gingerbread was traditionally made on Thursday 1 November at 11.30am and 2pm. Experience tastes and smells of the past at these 30 minute gingerbread making sessions.
Families visiting on Sunday 28 October can join us for a Halloween party in the barn at 11am, 2pm and 5pm. Tickets are essential, and early booking is recommended.
Children's Halloween party
Sunday 28 October, 11am - 1pm, 2 - 4pm and 5 - 7pm
Dare you join us for a spooktacular party in a 400 year-old barn? Come along for party music, dancing, games, creepy crafts, face painting, and fangtastic fun - don't forget to wear your favourite spooky costume. Children's tickets include a hotdog, bun and unlimited juice/water. A bar selling a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks will be available for over 18s.
Booking for this popular event is essential. Children £5, adults £2, children under 6 months are free - maximum of two adults per booking due to limited space inside the barn. Book now.
Christmas wreath workshops
Saturdays and Sundays from 17th November to 2 December, 10.30am - 1pm and 1.30 - 4pm
Take a little piece of East Riddlesden Hall with you this Christmas. We’ll be using natural materials gathered from the garden, including dried flowers that we’ve collected throughout the year, as well as fresh holly and ivy. Pine cones, ribbons and cinnamon sticks will add the finishing touches. Tickets include a tea/coffee and a slice of cake. Tickets are £20 and include tea/coffee and a slice of cake from the tea-room. Book your ticket.
Voices for peace
Sunday 18 November, 2-3pm
Gather together in the Airedale Barn to mark the centenary of the ending of World War I.
'Voices of peace' is a collection of peace themed songs, poems and readings performed by two local community groups Sheeptown Songsters and The Courthouse Choir, and led by Sing Out's David Stewart. Bring along a poem or short reading if you wish to join in and read aloud.
This is a free event but a £5 donation to help cover costs would be welcomed.
Indoor Chrismas market
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December, 11am - 5pm
The heated barn, festooned with fairy lights, is the perfect place for a Christmas market. With over 25 local stall holders there’ll be a great choice of gifts to buy, food, drinks and pleny of festive spirit. Elsewhere, tie your own wish to the Christmas tree taking centre stage in the Great Hall, and step outside to follow the garden trail. The Great Barn will be dressed with greenery and filled with seasonal music. Find a straw bale, pick up a blanket, and cosy down enjoy the atmosphere.
Entry payable on the door - all tickets £3, family tickets £10 (2 adults, 3 children).
This is a popular event, and parking is limited - please help us by parking off-site or arriving by foot if possible. Access only to the Great Hall inside the house.
General admission prices apply - free entry for National Trust members and under 5s.