Historic Leeds estates turn back time this weekend

Time Travellers: Dancers perform in Temple Newsam House's stunning Picture Gallery
Time Travellers: Dancers perform in Temple Newsam House's stunning Picture Gallery
Have your say

Two historic Leeds estates will turn back the clock this weekend to offer history lovers the chance to meet the people who have called the attractions home through the ages.

Visitors can experience two days of living history at Temple Newsam and Lotherton Hall as they meet Saxon warriors, Tudor lords and ladies and Second World War soldiers for the Time Travellers weekend on July 15-16.

Time Travellers: Lotherton Hall

Time Travellers: Lotherton Hall

Temple Newsam will feature demonstrations as well as costumed characters giving talks and tours including costumier Suzie Cobwebs, who will be spinning yarns in the Stables Courtyard at Home Farm.

Historical dancers will perform at the house’s Picture Gallery where visitors can also have a go at testing their skills as a ‘jester’ and dress up as tiny Tudors or take part in a Shakespeare play.

Lotherton Hall will host an Edwardian-themed gala, with brass band music, sideshows, face painting, family activities and Punch and Judy shows.

A circus skills workshop will also be on site and staff will be dressing up in period costumes.

Coun Brian Selby, lead member for museums and galleries, said: “This is a great opportunity for history lovers of all ages to experience what life has been like at these historic sites over the centuries and learn more about the many enthralling events and activities which have happened there.

“Both Temple Newsam and Lotherton are cornerstones of our city’s heritage and I’m sure this will be a memorable celebration.”