20: The new-look Sewerby Hall

Sewerby Hall reopened earlier this year after a �2.6million refurbishment.
Sewerby Hall reopened earlier this year after a �2.6million refurbishment.

It has always been a family favourite, but Sewerby Hall began a new chapter in its life this year.

The 300-year-old hall, near Bridlington, reopened in August after a £2.6 million restoration programme, which has recreated the look and feel of the whole house as it would have been in the Edwardian era.

Using a series of images from 1910, the hall’s curator Janice Smith and her team have been able to reproduce a stunning range of rooms across the whole house, using furniture from the period, loaned by the national collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the East Riding collection.

Janice said: “The refurbished hall offers visitors a chance to step back in time and experience the house as it was around 1900. There are many more rooms open now than before the hall closed, including an Edwardian nursery with period toys and games, and a restored working kitchen with a coal-fired range.”

Sewerby Hall was built between 1714 and 1720 for the Greame family, who lived at the hall until it was sold in 1934. A visit to the refurbished venue will now include not only the chance to see many more rooms, but also the opportunity to visit the Amy Johnson Collection, which was created after the legendary aviator’s father presented a collection of souvenirs and mementoes in 1958.

The hall will also feature new interactive experiences for visitors, including ‘My Sewerby’, a brand new memory wall which will be looking for contributions from visitors to the hall, and A Servant’s Life.

Visitors can also enjoy the Clock Tower Cafe, the superb gardens including the walled garden and woodland walks, the zoo, and the pitch and putt course, as well as enjoying wonderful sea views.

Full details of including opening hours, what’s on details, and admission prices, can be found at www.sewerbyhall.co.uk