Fun times ahead for visitors to historic hall

Youngsters from local primary schools plus nearby residents were invited to the opening of Samlesbury Hall's latest attractions. L-r Esme Booth, Sacha Swarbrick and Madeline Dixon

Youngsters from local primary schools plus nearby residents were invited to the opening of Samlesbury Hall's latest attractions. L-r Esme Booth, Sacha Swarbrick and Madeline Dixon

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Local children were invited to be the first to experience a new play area at Samlesbury Hall.

Thanks to a £50,000 Biffa Award and a contribution form the Hall’s charitable Trust, a new playground featuring a mini Hall and wooden replica Mayflower ship, has been built next to the old tennis courts.

Youngsters from local primary schools plus nearby residents were invited to the opening of Samlesbury Hall's latest attractions.

Youngsters from local primary schools plus nearby residents were invited to the opening of Samlesbury Hall's latest attractions.

Hall bosses hope it will encourage more families to enjoy the historic Hall, which now runs a free entry policy.

An old-fashioned style cafe called Dottie’s has also been opened- named after Dorothy Southworth, the resident ‘White Lady’. It will sell waffles, ice cream, coffees and milkshakes.

Recently permission was granted for a Shepherds Hut Hamlet on a disused golf course at the Hall. It currently consists of four huts, but by the end of 2016 there will be 10 available.

All the new attractions are the brainchild of Sharon Jones Samlesbury Hall Director and her team.

Youngsters from local primary schools plus nearby residents were invited to the opening of Samlesbury Hall's latest attractions.  L-r Patrick Dixon, Lucy Dixon and Leo Stummer in the mini hall.

Youngsters from local primary schools plus nearby residents were invited to the opening of Samlesbury Hall's latest attractions. L-r Patrick Dixon, Lucy Dixon and Leo Stummer in the mini hall.

She said: “I have worked at Samlesbury Hall for 16 years and seen it grow from the caterpillar it once was to the beautiful butterfly it is today. I have researched many different historical homes across the UK and I am thoroughly convinced that we offer a huge amount to many different sectors of society, young and old across the board.”

Samlesbury Hall Trustees are hoping to raise £500,00 in the next few years to replace the roof which was only partially restored back in 1974.

Megan and Grace Cummins tuck into their ice cream and waffles at Samlesbury Hall.

Megan and Grace Cummins tuck into their ice cream and waffles at Samlesbury Hall.