Every September, thousands of volunteers across England take part in the Heritage Open Days festival, organizing thousands of free events throughout the UK to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. This year, Sinai Park House got involved for the first time, welcoming over 60 visitors of all ages, from 18 months to 80+, to three fantastic free events.
The Heritage Open Days events at Sinai Park House began with a guided walk around the Sinai Woodlands, taking in the historic natural surroundings of Sinai Park House. A tour guide accompanied visitors on a 1.5 hour route around the local area, offering plenty of historical information to guests.
Sinai also held two guided tours of the house itself. Starting in the quadrangle between the house and the Jacobean moat bridge, visitors explored the outside of the house before venturing inside the restored North Wing to see its amazing features including the huge stone and brick fireplace and a rare wall painting, both of which were uncovered during the restoration of Sinai Park House in the 1990s.
Visitors then joined the Sinai Park House Trust for a delicious cream tea in the dining hall and also had the chance to visit the Chalybeate Well and learn about our Crowdfunder campaign to restore it.
The younger visitors had the chance to create their own version of Sinai Park House using junk modelling, modelling (helped on by parents who assisted with gabled windows and swinging doors) while the children added the important features such as bridges, plasticine mermaids and purple flowers!
The Heritage Open Days events received glowing feedback from visitors, with guests commenting that the tours provided “a fascinating glimpse into how a derelict building can be restored”. Sinai Park House Fundraising Manager, Laura Wigg-Bailey, commented, “The Heritage Open Days events were a resounding success for Sinai Park House and we were delighted to welcome so many visitors. Sinai had offers of volunteer help and many visitors expressed a strong desire to support the project to restore Sinai Park House in a wide variety of ways.”
If you would like the chance to visit Sinai Park House, keep an eye on our events page. You can also support the restoration of Sinai Park House in a variety of ways via our fundraising options.