Turning back the clock for a historic house party

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A COUNTY estate is turning back the clock to provide a house party with a difference this month.

On stepping through the door at Wallington, visitors will experience what life was like when it was the family home of the Trevelyans.

The National Trust-commissioned promenade production by award-winning performing arts company November Club will strip away layers of history and weave together family memories and forgotten voices to present ‘illogical Englishman’ Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan and his extraordinary family as you have never encountered them before.

When the ‘guests’ enter the country house, they will find it humming with life, music and playfulness.

As they move through the property, they will discover some remarkable stories that make Wallington and the Trevelyans so unique, culminating in a celebration in the Central Hall with music and refreshments.

Even though he owned the estate, Sir Charles held strong socialist views and it was these beliefs that led him to bequeath the site to the National Trust in 1936.

Visitor Experience Manager Gillian Mason said: “The estate has a long and complex history, but we decided to focus on the 1900s to introduce people to the life and times of Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan and his wife Molly.

“People are able to enjoy the delights of Wallington today due to his gift to the nation.”

The performances, for ages 12 and older, will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday next week, and from Tuesday, November 13 to Thursday, November 15, at 7.30pm.

They will be at 3.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, November 10 and Saturday, November 17, at 2pm on Sunday, November 11 and at 2pm and 5.30pm on Sunday, November 18.

Tickets cost £25, including refreshments. Booking is essential. For more information telephone 01665 833751.