This year more than 28,000 visitors have passed through the entrance archway at Gunby Hall, and there are still two months to go before the house closes for the winter. As the leaves on the Gunby trees turn gold, plans are in hand for next year, including two more open air theatre performances by Chapterhouse productions, Peter Pan and the Railway Children, dates to be confirmed.
But before then, on Sunday 13 September, the house and gardens will be open completely for free once more as part of the heritage open day weekend which takes place throughout England. The theme this year is Tudor Tales. To give Gunby a Tudor flavour, Colin Everson will be performing Tudor tunes on the organ in St Peter’s Church for a large part of the day, and many other heritage attractions will be open for free throughout the weekend. Find out more here.
The ever popular Gunby Apple Day is scheduled for Sunday 11 October, a chance to browse apple displays and bring along any apples you would like to have identified by Gunby experts, as well as to visit trade and craft stalls to spot some early bargains for Christmas.
Finally this year there’s a spooky day scheduled for Halloween, on Saturday 31 October when the Gunby ghosts will be abroad. The house will have its shutters closed and there will be scary sound effects and cobwebs to provide a chilling atmosphere, and some QEGS Alford students will get up to some Halloween mischief.
The last chance this year to visit this charming National Trust house, stroll through the much praised gardens or indulge in a cake or two in tea-room, will be on Sunday 1 November.