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Forty Hall by Candlelight

Published Friday, 05 December 2014

A locally led project, featuring volunteers from the local area, will light up Forty Hall this Christmas time.

Forty Hall by candle

The event ‘Forty Hall by Candlelight’, now in its third run, has an interesting twist this year as artist David Pickering worked with local volunteers, including young children, to co-write and perform the script.  Development of the tours this year has been made possible by the awarding of an Arts Council grant.

5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 December – 5.30pm, 6.00pm and 6.30pm
£10 a ticket, 16 year olds and under £8

The year is 1643 and the future remains uncertain as England prepares for Civil War. Despite this there is still a house to be decorated, songs to be sung and rumours to be whispered this Christ Tide.

The tour will include heartwarming Christ Tide moments, exciting scenes of action, intrigue, comedy and pathos as well as offering plenty of fascinating historical details and a sense of what life in the house was like at the time.

Visitors will meet a wide range of characters, including Sir Nicolas Rainton, his great niece and nephew (who will sing you a song), a grumpy cook, a stern Reverend, soldiers of the King, confused servants and poignantly the spirit of Lady Rebecca who is watching over the house and family she is now separated from by death.

Guests will be taken all around the house, lit beautifully by candlelight, including a rare trip to the cellar which is not usually open in the Hall. Refreshments of punch, hot apple juice and mince pies will be provided as a Christ Tide gift from the master of the house.

The tour is a family friendly, immersive experience.

Cllr Rohini Simbodyal, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Public Health said “These wonderful, atmospheric tours by candlelight at Forty Hall are always really popular. They are a chance to step back in time, and meet the Rainton family and their servants as they prepare for Christmas.

“The theme this year touches the experiences of the family living during the turbulent Civil War, where only Sir Nicholas Rainton survives with his great-nieces and nephews, his wife, nephew and niece in law having died in the preceding years.

“We were delighted to have artist David Pickering work on this beautiful project together with volunteers and regular users of the hall and park.

“These tours really are wonderful for Christmas so book up soon to avoid disappointment.”

Click here to book online – Link or call 020 8363 8196

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