The 1940s set to be celebrated in style at Lotherton Hall

Picture: Lotherton Hall is hosting a range of 1940s themed activities this Sunday.

The swinging music of the 1940s is set to light up an historic Leeds country estate as part of a special event held this weekend.

Families are being invited to bring their picnics to Lotherton Hall on Sunday 22 June and enjoy a wide-range of entertainment as part of a wartime tea party, which will include a 1940s themed live band, entertainment, activities, re-enactors, dancers, a street party and teas and cakes.

In a special offer, residents living in the LS25 area of the city are also being offered free entry to the event at Lotherton Hall. All LS25 residents have to do on the day to claim this special offer, is bring some I.D. showing their LS25 address.

A haven for a wide range of wildlife, the grounds of Lotherton Hall also feature a range of attractions including two play areas, a deer park, bird garden, shops and stables, a gift shop and café.

Once visitors have enjoyed the outside delights of Lotherton Hall, the inside of the house also has much to offer. This includes a range of rare items and collections, and a new interactive area that allows visitors to explore the story of one of Lotherton’s Hall’s most famous families the Gascoigne’s, and find out more about their travels around the world from the 1700s onwards. These sit aside a dressing-up room available in the house a range of tactile interpretation cabinets.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"The Lotherton Hall estate is the perfect place for all the family to visit, and as part of our 1940s themed party we are putting on a range of fantastic entertainment and activities this Sunday.

"As part of the day, a band is set to entertain the crowd with music from the decade who will also be joined by dancers and re-enactors as part of a special street party.

"Free entry will also be available to the event for residents living in LS25, on what promises to be a really fantastic day."

Notes to editors:

Lotherton Hall:

Lotherton Hall Estate is a charming Edwardian house and country estate. A single entrance price allows access to the house, with its wonderful collections of fine and decorative arts and a dedicated fashion gallery, and extensive grounds with an abundance of activities to keep everyone busy. Lotherton Hall has undergone numerous changes over the last few years since becoming one whole visitor attraction. With this new and larger audience the house has adapted by improving access and introducing a new range of family-friendly facilities. Other recent improvements have seen the re-opening of the Servants’ Rooms on the ground floor following a major restoration last year.

Lotherton Hall has been displaying fashion since its early days of being a museum in 1968, showing fine examples of both historic and more contemporary fashions.

Address: Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB

Tel: 0113 378 2959

Email: lotherton.hall@leeds.gov.uk

Web address: www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall

See our member’s page for year round entry: www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonmembers

Summer opening times (March to October) House, café, shop and bird garden: 10:00 to 17:00 with last entry at 16:15. Estate gates: 07:30 to 20:00.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk