Experience the Winter Woodland at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

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The hugely popular Sewerby Winter Woodland is back Friday 6 to Sunday 22 December 2024!

An all-new spectacular display of lights sounds, and special effects will bring the grounds to life for a great evening out this festive season.

This year’s Sewerby Winter Woodland event will include new light installations for 2024 including Gingerbread Lane and a light tunnel, as well as a new theme with a chance to embark on an adventure and meet a host of cheerful festive characters along the way!

Can you rescue Christmas?

The fairytale villagers are having a fantastic festive celebration in the Winter Woodland, and you’re all invited! There’s going to be music, dancing, and the magical Golden Goose is kindly using some of her magic to create beautiful lights throughout the woodland. But someone’s not happy about it… the dastardly Old King Troll has sent troll minions from under his bridge to capture Golden Goose and spoil the festivities!

But fear not! The fabulous feline Puss in Boots and his pantomime pals have embarked on a quest to save the day. Oh no they won’t! Oh yes they will! Clever Golden Goose has left a trail of golden eggs to guide the way as well as clues to the magic needed to defeat Old King Troll.

So why not join us this December on a journey into the Winter Woodland and help Puss defeat the darkness with the biggest and brightest magical light show yet, all in time to celebrate a very merry Christmas at Sewerby Hall and Gardens!

Meet the festive characters as you journey through the Winter Woodland

What to expect

An event like no other, we will be offering a full night of festive delights across Sewerby Hall and Gardens. Find out what's new for 2024.

Explore the grounds

Be part of the story

Be a part of the story to rescue Christmas as brand new characters will be waiting for you along our brand new route around the grounds of Sewerby Hall. Take a magical journey into a Christmas woodland, featuring special effects, light shows and some brand-new displays for 2024.

Inside the House

A purrfect addition to your visit

Our festive-themed exhibition explores the origin, history and adaptations of the much-loved fairy tale: Puss in Boots. It unpacks how the clever talking cat who walks on two legs and has a penchant for wearing boots, transforms the fortunes of a lowly miller's son.

To complement the exhibition, there will also be a festive trail and festive activities around the house.

Food and drink

Sweet and delicious

Food and drinks will be available from the Clock Tower Café, Stables Pizza Company, Love Hog Roast and Peaky Grinders.

The courtyard marquee will house a licenced bar, from Louisianna Bars.

Refreshments will be available to purchase along the route as well as enjoying toasted marshmallows at an additional charge.

Check out previous Winter Woodland magical adventures:

Planning your visit

Choose your arrival time

To help you enjoy the visit fully and keep the flow of the experience, there are set arrival times to choose from each evening: 4.30pm - 5pm, 5pm - 5.30pm, 5.30pm - 6pm, 6pm - 6.30pm, 6.30pm - 6.50pm, and on Friday, Saturday and Sundays an additional arrival time of 6.50pm - 7.15pm.

Relaxed performances

Our relaxed performances will be held on Wednesday, 11 December and Monday, 16 December during the 4.30pm - 5pm and 5pm - 5.30pm arrival times, with the full experience recommencing from 5.30pm. Relaxed performances will feature reduced volume, no lasers, no haze or smoke machines, and the characters in the woodland will be aware of sensory needs.

A visual story PDF for the event is available to download.

Ticket prices

The experience will be available from Friday 6 to Sunday 22 December 2024

Buy tickets

Early Bird Offer Adult Child (3-15 yrs) Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Monday to Thursday £18 £13 £52
Friday, Saturday and Sunday £21 £16 £64

Ticket prices from 2 September

General sale will be available from 10am on Monday, 2 September until the time of each admission slot. Tickets can be purchased on the night subject to availability.

Tickets Adult Child (3-15 yrs) Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Monday to Thursday £23 £17 £71
Friday, Saturday and Sunday £27.30 £19.70 £84

Buy your eTicket online and show on your phone when you arrive. Children under 3 go free with a paying adult. For purchases of more than £50, spread the cost with our payment plan option. (Not available online.)

Questions about the event or tickets? Read our event information to prepare for your visit.

Event Information

Accessibility

Please read the full FAQ section which covers many aspects regarding accessibility for the Winter Woodland event. Contact the Welcome Centre to discuss any specific requirements that you may have with a member of the team.

Are mobility scooters, prams or pushchairs permitted in the house?

No; due to conservation issues, motorised wheelchairs, buggies, or scooters are not permitted in the house. We have a selection of non-motorised wheelchairs available for visitors who need to transfer from a motorised wheelchair to access the house. Wheelchair supports aids are available on request.

In order to preserve our historical items, pushchairs and prams are not permitted in the house or Orangery. Spaces for these items can be found at the rear door of the house and there are locks available; please ring the bell at the back door and a staff member will attend. We have HippyChick Hipseats available for visitors.

Do you offer carers' tickets?

Sewerby Hall is delighted to offer free tickets to carers visiting with their cared-for person through the Bridlington Spa Authorised Carer Ticket Scheme.

Booking your ticket

Free carers’ tickets, once registered on the scheme, can be booked in person at the Sewerby Hall Welcome Centre or over the phone on (01262) 673769.

How to register

We recommend getting registered to the scheme as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. To register for the scheme, the cared-for person will need to provide a copy of the first page of your Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment letter or Access Card (+1) to Bridlington Spa. Evidence of a Blue Badge does not entitle the holder to receive a free carer ticket. Full information on the scheme and how to register can be found on the accessibility page at BridSpa.com (external website)

Please note: Carers tickets must be booked at the same time as the full-paying cared-for persons' ticket. Limit of one free ticket per full-paying ticket. If the cared-for person is unable or chooses not to attend, the carer's ticket is null and void.

Is the walk accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters?

The walk is a mixture of tarmac paths, bark mulch paths and track matting. The walk has some small gradients but nothing substantial. There are a few steps in the pleasure gardens with an alternative route for prams / pushchairs. Due to conservation issues, prams / pushchairs are not permitted in the house therefore when leaving the end light show, a member of the team will direct you to the accessible entrance to the house where your pram / pushchair can be left outside. You may wish to consider using a baby carrier if this is an option for you.

How do I access the house?

Access to the house will be via the Orangery fire doors at the end of the winter woodland walk. This is an accessible entrance for those in wheelchairs and with mobility issues.

Visitors with mobility scooters, prams and pushchairs will need to access the house via the back door of the house where mobility scooters, prams and pushchairs can be left. To access the back of the house, visitors will be asked to turn left at the end of the lightshow on the house and walk towards the band stand, then head towards the courtyard area. Directional signage / a member of staff will be available to guide you.

There will not be any direct access to the front of the house during the 2024 event.

Please note the accessible entrance is a shared space with people entering and exiting the house. If you need any support, please ask a member of the team.

Do I need to wait to see the light show?

The light show on the house will run approximately every 10 minutes from 5.10pm. You may be asked to wait near Snow Drop Wood for a short time to ensure you see the whole light show. Seating is available in the area as well as the option to purchase refreshments. An alternative route is available for those who are unable to queue.

Do you have a Visual Story?

Yes, to help prepare for your visit, we have a created the Visual Story for the Winter Woodland event to show and explain what to expect as part of your experience.

This is a PDF document which you can view and download before your visit or bring with you on a mobile device or printed out. This guide has been written with Autistic children, young people, and people with additional needs in mind.

It covers all areas of the property, and where stimulus may be present, such as sudden or loud sounds, when it may be busy and where to go for quiet space. For further questions or support, please contact our Welcome Centre team.

Download the visual story PDF

This download was updated on 18 December, 2023. One for the 2024 experience will be updated in due course.

Is there a quiet space?

A designated room in the house is available for those who need a quiet space. The room will contain a sensory tent, ear defenders and sensory toys. Please ask a member of the team if you need to access this space.

Are dogs allowed?

No dogs except assistance dogs.

Buying and collecting tickets

Tickets must be bought online in advance, they will not be available on the door. This event is not included on the Sewerby Hall Annual Pass, Great Houses or Historic Houses Association (HHA) passes.

There is no booking required for children under 3 years old.

If you have opted for printed tickets (care of box office) you must collect these from Bridlington Spa before Tuesday 3rd December. After this date they will be available to collect from Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

If you have opted received eTickets, you can find it in your email inbox sent from Bridlington Spa Box Office. You will need to show the ticket on your phone or printed out on arrival, please ensure your mobile device is on full brightness. The ticket confirmation email will not permit admission, please have your e-tickets to gain entry.

If you have not received your e-tickets, please check your Spam / Junk folders.

You can also access your tickets by logging in to your Bridlington Spa account, using the email address and password you used for buying the tickets. Select the 'E-Tickets' tab and your tickets will be available for you to download.

Do you offer refunds or transfers on tickets?

We do not offer refunds on tickets for Sewerby Winter Woodland. Please do not comment on social media posts for the Winter Woodland trying to sell tickets. We will delete these posts as, in the past, customers have purchased fake tickets after responding to these posts.

Transfer of tickets to an alternative date or time are available subject to ticket availability for the cost of a booking fee per booking. You will need to make sure that the date and time you want to transfer your booking to is available before trying to transfer. If the new ticket date has a higher price than the original ticket, additional charges will apply. For ticket transfers, please contact Sewerby Hall and Gardens on (01262) 673769.

Do you take credit cards at the event?

Cash and card payments available, however please be prepared with cash just in case.

Please note: it is cash only for refreshments purchased in the gardens along the winter woodland walk.

What happens if there is extreme weather conditions at the event?

Notifications will be given to the affected customers if we have to cancel an event due to the weather. If this does happen, alternative dates will be offered subject to availability, or a refund depending on the situation.

Weather conditions are totally out of our control, and we will aim to notify our customers as soon as possible should the event be cancelled. If in doubt, please contact us directly at Sewerby Hall and Gardens on (01262) 673769 to check the event status before setting off.

What is closed during the event?

The walled gardens, zoo and play area will be closed during the event.

What should we wear to the event?

The event is in predominately outside, so we recommend to wrap up warm, check the weather forecast before your visit.

Is it a self-led walk?

Yes, the winter woodland walk is a self-led walk that you can enjoy at your own leisure. You can choose if you wish to engage with the festive characters. The characters will perform throughout the evening until 8.30pm

Character locations:

  • The Baker: Courtyard
  • Puss in Boots: Pleasure Gardens
  • Golden Goose: Snow Drop Wood
  • Villagers: You may also meet some Villagers as part of your adventure

What time does the house close?

The house closes at 9pm during the event with last admission at 8.30pm.

How long should the Winter Woodland experience take?

That is entirely up to you. We would recommend allowing 2-3 hours for the full experience of the woodland walk, festive house, food and drink. The walk is approximately 1 mile in length.

Arrivals, parking and departure

For full information on how to find Sewerby Hall and parking, please visit the getting here page. Our address is Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1EA.

On arrival, please have your tickets ready to show at the Gate.

When leaving, we ask you turn right exiting the car park to avoid the village and respect our neighbours.

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