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Heritage Open Day

Friday 14 Sep 10:30am–3pm, 2018

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Halsway Manor opens its doors to the public for Heritage Open Days 2018, on Friday 7 and Friday 14 September. Halsway is an extraordinary historic building; now is your chance to discover and explore this hidden gem!

As part of Heritage Open Days we are offering members of the public the opportunity to visit this beautiful grade 2* listed manor and access rooms normally closed to the public. Through newly installed interpretation, you’ll be able to learn about the manor’s fascinating history – from the Domesday Book, to the current building’s origins in the 15th century, from eccentric past residents, to its current status full of interesting creative goings on. Families are welcome and there will be special souvenir story and activity packs for children. There are six acres of beautiful gardens and grounds that visitors are also welcome to explore.

Alice Maddicott is the Creative Lead for an ongoing Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Future Halsway’ project, and has been instrumental in the creation of new interpretation materials at the Manor.  “We’re really excited to be able to welcome new visitors to discover Halsway and the fascinating history of this beautiful house and area. We really hope people enjoy exploring the house – including the library, great hall and grounds, plus one or two of the more interesting bedrooms too!”

The house will be open to visitors from 10.30am to 3pm, plenty of free parking available onsite. Refreshments will not be available, but you are welcome to bring their own – why not bring a picnic lunch to eat on the lawn?

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE. Other Heritage Open Days properties in the Quantock / West Somerset area include: Halswell House in Goathurst, Dunster Castle, ‘North Hill on the Radar’ tours of WW2 tank training grounds and earlier archaeology above Minehead, and St John the Baptist church in Carhampton. Check the website to see what properties are open in your area: www.heritageopendays.org.uk.