Want to be lord or lady of the manor for an evening?
This weekend is your chance. On Saturday evening, May 19, you have a chance to spend an evening and night at Belsay Hall, and enjoy bed and breakfast.
Sleep-over at Belsay, Northumberland
This is the property’s first ever family-friendly sleepover event at the historic Northumberland estate. It is part of Museums at Night – an annual after-hours celebration when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites across the country open their doors for special evening events.
Museums at Night event
As part of the national event, Belsay is inviting people to pack their sleeping bags and pillows to camp out in the unfurnished hall on Saturday May 19, from 7pm – until 8am the next day. English Heritage will welcome people to Belsay for the night, for the first time in half a century. Most of the places have been booked but there is still the chance to book the last remaining places for this exciting event.
The historic house, built in the early 19th century, has been unoccupied since 1962, when the Middleton family vacated. But this weekend it will host to a number of families who will take a trip back in time as they spend a night in the property. Guests will receive a welcome from a costumed host with a warming drink and a story or two to share. After being shown to their private family room in the Hall, they will be escorted on an exclusive tour revealing a number of secret rooms, usually closed off to the public.
See Belsay’s hidden rooms
Jon Hogan, events manager for English Heritage in the North, said: “This weekend, visitors to Belsay will be given the opportunity to see the Hall as no other member of the public has before! This is a brand new event for English Heritage and we’re very excited about giving people at the sleepover event a glimpse into the parts of Belsay not seen during normal opening hours – for example the servants’ quarters, cellars and storerooms.”
During the event, Lucy Blaylock, who runs Belsay’s on site tea room, will also provide guests with a warming homemade evening meal and hearty breakfast in the morning.
Jon continued: “The Belsay sleepover event is a great opportunity to get the family together to take part in something a bit different on a Saturday night.
“Belsay is a beautiful property, and opportunities to experience the Hall and Castle in this way don’t come around very often. Tickets are still available for the event this weekend so if you’re looking to get away from it all, this is the perfect opportunity!”
See Belsay Castle
Participants can also look forward to a magical twilight tour of the medieval castle keep for some spooky storytelling and trip back in time through the enchanting Quarry Gardens. They will then be able to settle down for a good night’s sleep in one of ten ‘bedrooms’ specially set up for the event.
The event is part of Culture 24’s Museums at Night Initiative, where visitors are given the opportunity to see a different side to Britain’s heritage, after normal opening hours.
This event is now fully booked.