A brand new event, unique to the area, will brighten up December at Sewerby Hall and Gardens this year: Enchanted Winter Woodland will take visitors on a magical outdoor journey of spectacular sounds and lights.
Visitors will discover that The Snow Queen has cast a spell on the beautiful woodland, which has come alive with light and sounds. Joining the Sewerby polar explorer on his expedition, visitors will travel through an illuminated tunnel into the winter woods, and embark on their quest into the Snow Queen's domain.
As they journey deeper into the enchanted woodland, visitors will have the opportunity to make some winter magic of their own - taking part in activities such as wand making with Moonlight, the enchanted moth; learning spells; and even meeting the Snow Queen herself, before enjoying the grand finale of a superb lighting display set to music!
The house itself will be filled with Christmas decorations and trees, and the lighting in the house will add a magical feel.
Visitors will also be able to sample a marquee bar, including specially created cocktails, as well as soft drinks, and browse carefully selected festive Craft stalls.
The Enchanted Winter Woodland will run from Saturday, 12 December to Wednesday, 23 December. Tickets will be available from 5pm tonight (Friday, 11 September) via www.sewerbyhall.co.uk/winter-woodland and MUST be booked online in advance - tickets will not be available at the gates.
Entry will be at timed sessions each day - the first will be at 4.15pm. Each timed session will consist of small groups, to ensure social distancing.
Early Bird tickets are available until 31 October, and will cost £10 for adults, and £6 for children, with a family ticket (two adults and two children) costing £25. There will be no discounted or concessionary tickets.
There will also be relaxed performances on Friday, 11 December at 4.30pm and 4.45pm. These will feature music at reduced volume, no lazer lights and no snow machine.
Marie Gascoigne, general manager of Sewerby Hall and Gardens, said : "This will be a stunning event, and a chance to see Sewerby Hall and Gardens in a new light. I am sure it will be a great way to round off what has been a very challenging year for many people."
Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for coastal regeneration and tourism, added : "I am absolutely delighted that we are able to offer an exciting new fun event, which will take place mainly outside, and will be conducted in a safe environment."
In the unfortunate event that the event should have to be cancelled, Sewerby Hall and Gardens will offer refunds of the full ticket value.
Full details are at www.sewerbyhall.co.uk/winter-woodland