Chance to see historic hall in a different light

A SPOOKY sleep-over is being offered at an historic hall.

Belsay Hall will invite couples, families and friends to spend a night in one of its 10 bedrooms.

The event, which is part of the Museums At Night initiative, follows a successful sleep-over last year at the property.

The hall was built in the style of a Greek Revival villa by Sir Charles Monck as the Middleton family home. They moved in on Christmas Day, 1817, from the nearby castle.

The estate is now run by English Heritage.

Sleep-over guests will be welcomed by a costumed performer with drinks.

The night’s activities will then begin with a tour of the Hall, taking in its otherwise secret servants’ quarters.

There will be warming supper in the property’s tea rooms, followed by a twilight walk to the medieval castle for some spooky storytelling inside its Keep.

It will then be back to the hall for a bedtime drink, with ghost stories told until midnight for those brave enough to stay up.

The following morning will see a hearty Northumbrian breakfast served in the tea rooms to bring the event to a close.

Belsay Hall has no furniture at all, but air beds will be provided. However, participants will have to take their own blankets, sleeping bag, pillows and a torch.

The sleep-over is suitable for children aged over 12.

It will take place on Friday, May 17.

Tickets cost £65 for adults, £60 concessions and £55 for children. For English Heritage members they are £5 cheaper.

Booking for the sleep-over is essential on 0870 333 1183.