When I want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, I’m often drawn to the tranquil surroundings of the North East’s National Trust properties. Seaton Delaval Hall is a Grade I listed country house with beautiful grounds and pretty picnic spots. It’s located in Seaton Sluice, Northumberland and only takes about 25 minutes to reach by car from Newcastle.
I recently went along with my partner James, his Dad and Grandma and we had a lovely day out wandering around the historical house and peaceful gardens in the glorious sunshine.
We joined one of the knowledgeable volunteers for a ‘front of hall talk’ which gave us a fascinating insight in to the history of the estate. We learnt about its Norman origins, the construction of the hall in the 1700’s and the notorious family who lived there during the 18th century. They became known as the ‘Gay Delavals’ due to their flamboyant lifestyle and often scandalous behaviour.
The volunteer had lots of fun stories and secrets to share that really helped us imagine what life would have been like for the people who lived and worked at Seaton Delaval Hall through the ages.
After a spot of lunch in the courtyard café (which has the most cheerful staff, delicious cakes and lots of garden games for kids!), we walked off the calories with a stroll around the grounds and a nosey in the central hall, west wing and stables. The whole place is an architectural marvel and I couldn’t help but be impressed.
There’s plenty to see at Seaton Delaval Hall and the hours whizzed by. You could easily spend a full day out there this summer, especially with the fun, family events they have lined up to celebrate ‘Delaval’s Delights’ throughout the month of August…
The Delaval family were famous for their wild parties and practical jokes. During Illusion Week you can learn more about their party tricks and play some pranks of your own after experiencing a magic trick or two.
During mid August Seaton Delaval Hall will come alive with drama and merriment as the theatrical performances the family loved are recreated.
From grinning competitions to sack races and puppet shows, life with the Delavals was a carnival of fun. Head along during circus week and pick up some new skills to join the antics.
Expect the unexpected during Mischief and Mayhem Week, there’ll be lots of fun ways to let off steam, perfect for families who are starting to climb the walls towards the end of the school holidays!
As well as these special summer events, there are also children’s craft activities taking place at Seaton Delaval Hall every Sunday and live music playing every Saturday featuring a range of styles from jazz to brass! (See the website for specific dates and details)
It’s all included in your admission and there’s no need to book. If you’re a National Trust member than entry is of course free anyway. For full details and to plan your day out head over to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/seaton-delaval-hall
If it’s somewhere you’ve already visited I’d love to hear about your experience so leave me a comment below!
*This post is sponsored by National Trust – Seaton Delaval Hall and I received complimentary entrance for my visit in order to experience the venue for myself so that I could share my opinion with you.