East Leeds: Temple Newsam House reveals its secrets

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The history of Temple Newsam House will be revealed during behind-the-scenes tours and talks this winter.

The programme, which will also include one-off events, is being announced as the house prepares to move to new seasonal opening hours from November 3 until February 12.

During the low season, the house will remain open for pre-booked groups, school visits and on special event days, but visitors must ring ahead and organise a visit.

Regular events will include a one-hour guided discovery tour every Saturday and Sunday at 11am and through the week by appointment, focussing on the house and its history.

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A Twilight Tour will also take place every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm and will look at how servants managed their days in the house, exploring the cellars and secret passageways they used. The tour will also be available through the week by appointment.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said: “Like many stately homes, seasonal opening hours will allow staff to carry out essential preservation and maintenance work at the house during a period when we traditionally welcome fewer visitors.

“During that time, the house will still be offering a fascinating programme of tours and events that will really give an insight into what life has been like for those living and working there over the past 500 years. The only change will be that visitors will need to call and let us know they’re coming.”

The winter programme will also feature the house’s Christmas events including a festive carol concert with the Fairburn Singers on December 11.

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