Lancashire's oldest stately home hosts family-friendly festival

Updated: Jul 12, 2019

AN historic Lancashire home is getting set to host a family-friendly summer festival with a difference for the first time.

The two day-long, laid back event will take place at Grade I-listed Samlesbury Hall, near Preston, on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13.

Organisers are now hoping visitors will choose to relax and unwind with family and friends to enjoy fun tours, live music and children’s activities in picturesque surroundings.

Sharon Jones, Samlesbury Hall director, said: “We are all very excited about our first Summer Festival.

“We’ve got lots lined up for everyone to enjoy throughout. It will be the perfect chance for a day out that will feel a million miles away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.”

The festival will get started on Friday from 5pm and will feature a tour through the hall with acclaimed storyteller Joanne Halliwell as her character Janey the Witch.

Visitors can enjoy woodfired pizzas to order in the courtyard followed by a spooky ghost trail with Simon Entwistle.

Janey The Witch

Face painting, a treasure hunt, children’s yoga and games will take place on the front lawn on Saturday, while there will also be a chance to meet the resident farm animals and spend time in The Mayflower play area.

The chilled out sounds of a Dutch street barrel organ will float past from the Tennis Lawn during the afternoon before musicians and a band provide evening entertainment as visitors sample local craft beers and Samlesbury’s own award-winning range of gin.

Food will be available from The Billiard Room restaurant and Dottie’s Wafflery before an evening hog roast - with vegetarian option - is fired up for supper.

Overnight accommodation in The Hamlet - Samlesbury Hall’s collection of luxury shepherd’s huts is sold out.

But there is plenty on offer for those who want to attend on either Friday evening or Saturday afternoon, Sharon added.

She said: “There’s lots to keep everyone entertained but also plenty of chance for grown ups to sit back and lose track of time surrounded by the beautiful setting of Samlesbury Hall.”

The gates open at 5pm on Friday or from 12 noon on Saturday. Tickets cost £5 each and can be booked on 01254 812010.