EVENTS: ONLINE BOOKING
Welcome to the Hall’s new online booking system. Please choose the event you would like to book, and then click on the red ticket logo under it to go to the booking page for that event. Press the Book Tickets button once for the ticket you want to purchase, and you can then increase the number of tickets per event when you get to the checkout. We know – it’s odd – but we are an unusual place!
Please note: there is no need to print out your tickets – let’s save some paper – we will have a list of names on the door, so just tell us who you are and we will “tick you off”.
Monday 5 November at 11:00am: Mop-up Monday
Monday 5 November at 2:00pm: A Tour & A Bonfire-Tea
FOLLOWING THE GREAT SUCCESS of this summer’s A Tour & A Tea… why not join us in November for all-things mellow and fruitful?
Just as it sounds: A Tour & A Bonfire-Tea is a guided tour of the Hall by Dr Keith Jones – one of our highly knowledgeable guides – followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea with a hint of autumn freshly prepared by Elizabeth Dennison of The Dusty Miller.
We discovered last year that Sir Thomas Markenfield was already in exile in Flanders when Guy Fawkes arrived, and the two were there at the same time for a period of nine months. We have no evidence – yet – that they knew one another, but it was a small and tightly-knit community. We’ve discovered some amazing things just recently… perhaps this will be next.
The tour will begin at 2:00pm, and will be followed by Afternoon Tea at 3:30pm. Booking is essential as places are limited.
Please note, no bonfires or fireworks will be lit in the course of this afternoon.
Wednesday 28 November at 2:00pm: Tea & Tales
No-one can tell a tale like Allan, so come along and discover what it was like growing up in one of the oldest, continuously inhabited houses in England and his stories of life on the farm and of living in the post-War Hall.
Followed by Tea, cake and more Tales.
Monday 3 December at 7:00pm: Christmas at Markenfield
This year in aid of St Wilfrid’s Ripon restoration appeal and new multi-faith community centre.
Thursday 6 December at 2:00pm: A Tour & A Tea - the right house for Christmas
FOLLOWING THE GREAT SUCCESS of our A-utumn Tour & Tea… why not join us this Christmas – just as it sounds, A Tour & A Tea is a guided tour of the Hall by one of our highly knowledgeable guides,
followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea freshly prepared by Elizabeth Dennison of The Dusty Miller.
“… Perhaps my father’s most outstanding characteristic, was his capacity for absent-minded lapses of memory. He inherited five houses, of which Grantley was the largest. My memories of school holidays are somewhat jumbled, owing to the fact that my father developed a habit of taking a new country house every year….
The only place he never parted with was Markenfield Hall.
My Aunt Carlotta, who only visited us at Christmas or family occasions, was always much puzzled and once violently embarrassed, by my father’s peripatetic land ownership. The unfortunate old lady went to the wrong country house to stay with us one Christmas: no one, least of all my father having remembered to tell her that he had changed his abode.”
SILVER SPOON – the memoirs of 6th Lord Grantley
Wednesday 12 December at 2:00pm: Tea & Tales of Christmas Past
The tour will start at 2:00pm from the Hall’s car park, where your guides will meet you and begin with an introduction to the Hall in the landscape, and also the role of the farm in shaping its history, before moving on into the Courtyard and then into the house.
The tour will last about an hour and a half (sometimes there’s just no stopping them…) and will be followed by tea with Christmas cake (and cheese!) in front of the fire in the Undercroft where you will be joined by both gentlemen and if you have any questions you would like to put to them then this will be the time. Allan and Keith will share the tour – alternating between mediaeval and more recent history, both equally as fascinating and informing. Plus Allan’s Tales of Christmas past… we’re a little nervous as to what he will impart – but it’s guaranteed to be entertaining.
Allan’s family love letter is the highlight of tea – so brush up on your Yorkshire-English Translation skills, then sit back and enjoy a tour of the Hall as you’ve never heard it before.