Friday, 29 April 2011

Event - Museums at Night 2011: Historic Buildings after dark (Worksop)

You might need a torch or even a tallow candle to do it, but for one weekend in May you can be a night-time nosey-parker at some of the country’s most inspiring historic properties.

Historic buildings take on a new and entrancing sense of drama after dark. The Gothic cliff top ruins of Whitby Abbey and the medieval sacred space of Durham Cathedral are just two of the attractions inviting you in.

Soak up the atmosphere of Witley Court, the spectacular ruins of a palatial 19th-century mansion in Worcestershire or step into a candle lit, atmospheric historic house and take a self led journey into the shadows at Coughton Court.

In Derbyshire the former home of Edith Sitwell at Renishaw Hall is offering the chance to watch the sunset and see the grounds at dusk or you can explore the modest surrounds of a 1920s grocer’s house at Mr Straw’s House in neighbouring Nottinghamshire.

A similarly humble abode, Mrs Smith’s Cottage in Lincolnshire will also be the setting for candlelit tales and plum bread, pork pie and old-fashioned sweets.
A magical experience at weaves fashion, performance and installations with tales of the princesses who lived there while down in Brighton, will be offering kids’ ghost tours.

An evening of sparkling chandeliers, twinkling lights and special interest tours and talks awaits visitors at Harewood House in Yorkshire and Sulgrave Manor near Banbury is promising candlelight, shadows, creaky staircases and darkened corners.

There will be monastic plainsong at Chester Cathedral or at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich a twilight tour of its Gothic tower will offer views across a city whose famousDragon Hall will be hosting a ribald medieval feast.

A warm welcome awaits you at St Nicholas Priory where treats of jumbles, spiced biscuits and juice from its Tudor kitchen will be served. CSI Friday at Cotehele House in Cornwall is a torchlight investigation of conservation techniques and housekeeping secrets.

Elsewhere you can glean secrets and inside knowledge from experts leading tours at a variety of heritage sites, including St Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury or in Norfolk’s Oxburgh Hall
where you can explore the 16th century priest hole and journey through five secret doors.

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