Summer at Samlesbury Hall looks to be a very exciting period with so many activities for all age groups to enjoy
As many of us know, the 14th century stately home that is Samlesbury Hall is steeped in history and intrigue and is open for visitors throughout July and August, Sunday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
During this time there will be lots of special tours organised and conducted by the hilarious resident witch, Janey, and for the more daring amongst you why not listen to ghost stories that send a shiver down your spine with Simon Entwistle or take a guided tour by the ghost of ‘Good Wife Agnes’?
For the ultimate evening, fireside tales of the supernatural by Lancashire Terror Tours are at the hall later in the year – see the website for more details!
After all of those tours I’m sure you’ll have worked up an appetite – the hall has a burgeoning reputation for fabulous food which ranges from a variety of incredible breakfast options using the finest produce, through to gourmet dinners – the food is fresh, seasonal, local and cooked to perfection.
Many of the events at the hall will leave plenty of time for you to sit back and relax and enjoy the quintessential traditional English afternoon tea.
Can there be anything better than fresh sandwiches and home baked scones with lashings of homemade jam and whipped cream – scrumptious and decadent! The on-site unique wafflery with incredible fun filled flavours for children and big children too will have your mouths watering. There really is something for everyone to eat and drink!
Each year sees more activities being added to the programme for families to enjoy at the hall – keeping everyone safe and entertained along the way.
The Mayflower playground plays homage to some of the ancestors of the hall and the miniature hall itself will bring endless hours of fun to the younger members of the family.
Just a polite note at this point that no picnics are allowed as the charity responsible for its running relies heavily on monies made from the food and drink to ensure that admission to the hall will always be free.
There is a growing menagerie of animals to enjoy including the wonderful new alpacas – children love all those farmyard creatures and there are hens, goats, rabbits and pigs who are all very friendly. Eggs from the hens and honey from the bees at the hall are used to supply the kitchens making them very useful and sustainable too.
If you wanted to make your stay longer then the new shepherd’s huts may well be for you – they are a rustic and carefree alternative to any traditional hotel room. To be clear, none of your home comforts are lost or compromised as the huts are very well appointed, they are en-suite with wonderfully comfortable beds and lovely touches of toiletries and soft towels to enhance your stay. The huts can sleep up to four people and would make the perfect family short break with so much to enjoy on site and the wider beauty of the Ribble Valley on your doorstep.
I’ve only been able to give you a snapshot of this wonderful calendar of events and activities at the hall this summer so please check out the website and the social media platforms for the most up to date news on events and availability through the summer.
MIDSUMMER WEDDING OPEN EVENING
31 JULY | 6pm – 9pm | FREE ENTRY
Join us at the end of July for our Midsummer Wedding Open Evening and get a feel for how your big day will go! There will be a glass of chilled fizz for you on arrival, with our delicious wood fired pizza available to taste. See our 14th century hall dressed as it could be on your wedding day, and follow it up with an evening stroll up to the Shepherd’s Hut Hamlet to see our quirky, but luxurious, accommodation for your guests! Meet our favourite local suppliers including photographers, florists, venue dressers, cake makers and musicians. Don’t forget you can also ask our wedding team any questions you might have.
PIZZA & PROSECCO NIGHTS
25 JULY, 1, 8, 15, 22 AUGUST | 5pm – 7.30pm
Our wood fired pizza oven will make your mouth water as soon as you step into our beautiful festoon-lit Italian courtyard! Join us in July and August for our Thursday night pizza sessions, at Samlesbury Hall throughout summer. Sit by the fountain, choose your pizza and enjoy with an ice-cold glass of Prosecco or Peroni if you would prefer!
£10 per person to include a pizza and a drink
WITCH TOURS WITH JANEY!
28 JULY, 11 AUGUST, 8 & 15 SEPTEMBER | 11am & 2pm
Join the hilarious ‘Janey’ as she tells the gruesome tales of Samlesbury – great for all the family! Tours begin in the Great Hall at 11am and 2pm. The Sunday tour as always is now free of charge along with free admission. If you enjoy your visit, there are several donation boxes dotted around the Hall and your contribution, large or small, goes towards the upkeep and preservation of our wonderful Hall!
FAMILY FUN WITH BETSY BUMBLEBEE!
THROUGHOUT AUGUST | 11am & 12noon
Betsy Bumblebee is back again for more family fun in August with her very own stories! Enjoy her treasure hunts and original stories in the 14th century Hall. These activities are suitable for children aged three to 11 years old. Children will need to be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. This event is free of charge so we recommend you arrive in good time because space cannot be guaranteed. Please see the website for dates and times.
Preston New Road
Samlesbury PR5 0UP