Lytham Hall has shared the most heartening news that it will be open once again on Saturday 18th July.
Peter Antony, the Hall’s General Manager, said: ‘We can’t wait to welcome the local community and visitors from far and wide once again.
We will be operating a two tier cafe system by using our upstairs function room too. This will allow much more room especially on inclement days. We will be increasing our alfresco seating so more of you can use the open air. The parkland and cafe will resume a seven day service. On nice days there will be a “point of sales” drinks and snacks van adjacent to the cafe to help and assist during busy periods.
The Georgian Hall will also be open on a free-flow system which allows you to enjoy the house at your own pace. Guides will be on duty throughout the rooms to offer advice and answer questions. This is the safest way and avoids trying to socially distance people in groups. You will be able to purchase tickets for house tours from the office opposite the cafe. The Georgian Hall tours will run from Thursday through to Sunday from 12 noon with last entrance at 3pm, closing at 4pm.
It’s been a difficult few months for us all, but we are hoping to come back stronger than ever! Hope to see you all soon.’
The Hall certainly needs support as around £200,000 in revenue has been lost while the Grade I-listed mansion and its extensive parkland have been shut as a consequence of the coronavirus crisis. Usually the Hall enjoys greeting around 130,000 visitors every year. These financial worries were added to earlier this week with the announcement that next month’s much anticipated debut Proms concert at the Hall, with all profits going to the venue, had to be postponed until next year. However, the better news is that the Hall recently welcomed a £51,000 grant from Fylde Council for refurbishment of the driveway from Ballam Road up to the Hall and beyond, linking the car park entrances.