Sewerby Hall and Gardens has an exciting programme of events and activities for February half term.
Monday, 17 February will see Valentine Nature Crafts with Active Coast, from 1pm -3pm, a free workshop to create ‘love inspired’ art and nature-themed crafts.
From Monday to Friday, 17-21 February, visitors will be able to follow the Servant Trail in the House and Gardens – discover more about the servants in the house, and who did what job.
Tuesday, 18 February will include a Penguin Talk and Hat Making Workshop in the zoo at 11am. Learn more about the Humboldt penguins, and help raise awareness and funds for conservation in Peru by making a penguin hat.
On Wednesday, 19 and Friday, 21 February, there will be a chance to help the team to Spring Clean, from 11.30am-3pm – children can dress up and help the servants with the chores, and adults can learn about the lives of the serving staff.
Wednesday, 19 February will also see Butler School from 11.30am. Join the butler to learn about the servants and their roles. This is suitable for ages 3-10, and places should be booked in advance at the Welcome Centre, or by calling (01262) 673769.
On Thursday, 20 February, the zoo will host a chance to make willow fruit kebabs for the animals, at 11.30am.
Friday, 21 February will be an opportunity to meet the Edwardian gamekeeper, from 11.30am, and learn about conservation work , and make bird food. This is suitable for ages 3-10, and places should be booked in advance at the Welcome Centre or by calling (01262) 673769.
Also on Friday, 21 February, there will be pancake tossing in the kitchen from 11.30am.
Admission to the gardens is free of charge but charges will apply for the house and the zoo.
Visitors can download the free 'Love Exploring' App to their mobile device before their visit to enjoy a variety of games and trails, including a Fairy Quiz, a Dinosaur Safari, and a Zoo Quiz. The app can be downloaded now at https://sewerbyhall.co.uk/outdoor-walks/
In addition, East Riding Archives have created a new, free app that turns smartphones or tablets into virtual ‘time machines’. ‘What Was Here?’ uses historical photos from the archives, plotted onto a Google Maps base map, to show users literally ‘what was here’ at their location and elsewhere across the East Yorkshire region.
The app features heritage trails that guide users to various points of interest, where they can use their device’s camera to overlay the featured historic image on top of the modern scene and get a feel for how it looked in the past. One such heritage trail is currently part of the Sewerby Hall and Gardens visitor experience.
Full details of the gardens, the Clock Tower Café, the house, the zoo, all half term events, and the two apps can be found at www.sewerbyhall.co.uk