Nostell Nights

Fancy something a little different for your Friday night? Explore after hours at Nostell with the help of artists, musicians and makers.

Nostell Nights are unique events for adults only, offering a chance to see the house in a new light. With live DJ sets from Long Division and craft beer from Wakefield Beer Exchange as well as pop-up poetry, crafts and demos from a range of local artists, it's the perfect way to kick off your weekend.

Intrigued? Here's a flavour of the events:

Looks like your kind of thing? Come along to the next event: 

Friday 1 December, 6 - 9pm

Be the first to see the house decorated for A Clock Work Christmas, with handcrafted decorations inspired by the John Harrison clock, which turned 300 this year. We've a packed programme to get you in the festive spirit:

Bar by Wakefield Beer Exchange

Our friends from the city centre beer cafe and bottle shop will be returning with their wide selection of craft beers, wines and gins and some extra special Christmas treats:

  • Launch of the new Nightingale's West Riding Dry Gin
  • 'Clocktail' demonstrations (see what we did there?)
  • Rum and chocolate pairing samples, with St Abbs Reserve Rum

The Cure Fine Charcuterie

Coming straight from work? There'll be a gorgeous range of artisan meats, cheeses and delicious nibbles to tuck into, with special beer pairings at the bar.

Long Division DJ set

The Workshop will be filled again with the eclectic selection of tunes courtesy of Wakefield's largest music and cultural festival. To get you in the Christmas mood, the vinyl set will have a festive twist.

Attic tours 

Back by popular demand, Paul Bateson will bring the attics to life with his pop-up poetry, inspired by Nostell's stories. Usually closed to the public, book on to a night-time tour of these atmospheric spaces.

£5 per person, tours at 6.15pm, 7.15pm and 8.15pm. Pre-booking essential on 01924 866745.

Artist workshops

We're pleased to welcome back Becca Hoy, a former artist in residence at Nostell who specialises in beautiful paper craft creations. Book on to a 30 minute workshop with Becca to handcraft your own paper Christmas tree decoration to take home and look out for her masterpieces on the Top Hall tree.

£5 per session at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Pre-booking essential on 01924 866745.

Live music from Mi Mye

Hailing from Scotland's beautiful north coast - via Wakefield - Mi Mye love Christmas! Find them in the Top Hall for acoustic sets during the evening, drawing from their own vast festive back catalogue and treating us to new interpretations of seasonal favourites. Championed by Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music, don't miss the chance to see Mi Mye perform in a unique historic setting.

Makers showcase

Remember to bring some cash and stop by the mini art fair on the ground floor to pick out unique presents. You'll find six local artists selling handcrafted artworks and gifts, including festive felted goodies by Helen Riddle.

Pop-up talks

Learn a little more about Nostell's treasures with talks throughout the evening. Discover the detail in one of the most prized artworks by Flemish painter Pieter Breughel the Younger and the 300-year-old clock made by John Harrison, which inspired this year's festive decorations.