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See Burghley under the stars

Enjoy a grand night out in stately surroundings at historic Burghley House in Lincolnshire

Music, merriment and magical lighting… Lincolnshire’s Burghley House will once again be turning the clock back to a golden age of entertainment this autumn, offering groups a chance to explore the grand historic house at twilight.

Great houses like Burghley, on the edge of the Georgian stone town of Stamford, were designed for entertaining – and since it was built by William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth I’s most trusted adviser, Burghley has hosted sparkling evenings, from supper parties to balls. This October, visitors will be able to experience their very own grand night out, serenaded by musicians as they turn back time and explore England’s greatest Elizabethan house as darkness falls.

‘Twilight at Burghley’ (3-6 October) aims to build on the success of 2017’s inaugural event with a magical mix of music and lights when the House will be bathed in floodlight and the state rooms romantically illuminated by candlelight – with a special group price of £18 per person.

New for groups this year will also be ‘Twilight Suppers’ for £38, featuring a two-course meal as well as entrance to ‘Twilight at Burghley’ with a welcome glass of prosecco (suppers available on the Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 October only, minimum number 15, and limited spaces, so pre-booking essential).

For 2018, there will more focus on music, including handbell ringers in the Old Kitchen, a traditional square piano being played in the chapel and a serenading choir, along with violin and harp music too.

Also new will be Elizabethan minstrel Dante Ferrara, a multi-instrumentalist and singer, who will be adding more music and merriment to the four day special event. He specialises in music, song and entertainment of renaissance Europe and his instruments are faithful copies of originals.

Because Burghley House closes at 5pm during the season, ‘Twilight at Burghley’ offers a rare opportunity to see the State Rooms as twilight combines with candlelight. The evening event – open 6-8pm each night – begins with a glass of prosecco in the Old Kitchen followed by a self-guided free-flow walk through through the candlelit State Rooms. During the event, the Orangery Restaurant will also be open serving a set menu, and the Burghley shop will open especially for the event.

For full details call 01780 752451