Music, merriment and magical lighting… Lincolnshire’s Burghley house will once again be turning the clock back to a golden age of entertainment this autumn, offering visitors a chance to explore a grand historic house at twilight.
Great houses like Burghley, on the edge of the Georgian stone town of Stamford, were designed for entertaining, and since being built by William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth I’s most trusted adviser, Burghley has hosted sparkling evenings of entertainment from supper parties to balls.
And this October, visitors will be able to experience their very own grand night out in stately surroundings.
‘Twilight at Burghley’ (3-6 October) aims to build on the success of 2017’s inaugural event with a magical mix of music and lights when the House will be bathed in floodlight and the state rooms romantically illuminated by candlelight.
Visitors will be serenaded by musicians as they turn back time and become evening guests to explore England’s greatest Elizabethan house as darkness falls.
For 2018, there will more focus on music, including handbell ringers in the Old Kitchen, a traditional square piano being played in the chapel and a serenading choir, along with violin and harp music too.
Also new will be Elizabethan minstrel Dante Ferrara, a multi-instrumentalist and singer, who will be adding more music and merriment to the four day special event. He specialises in music, song and entertainment of renaissance Europe and his instruments are faithful copies of originals.
Because Burghley House closes at 5pm during the season, ‘Twilight at Burghley’ offers a rare opportunity to see the State Rooms as twilight combines with candlelight providing a totally new perspective on one of England’s grandest houses of the Elizabethan age.
The evening event begins with a glass of prosecco in the Old Kitchen followed by a self-guided free-flow walk through the candlelit State Rooms.
‘Burghley at Twilight’ will be open 6-8pm each night, and tickets cost £20 per person, which includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival in the Old Kitchen.
During the event, the Orangery Restaurant will also be open serving a set menu, and the Burghley shop will also open especially for the event.
For full details and to book online tickets, visit www.burghley.co.uk or telephone 01780 752451.