Experience Burghley in a whole new light

Burghley will once again turn the clock back this autumn to offer visitors an exclusive chance to experience a glimpse of life during a golden age of entertainment at England’s greatest Elizabethan house.

For three nights only, the historic home, bathed in floodlight, will re-open at twilight after day visitors have left, making way for a special evening of music, merriment and atmospheric lighting.

Great houses like Burghley, on the edge of the Georgian stone town of Stamford, in Lincolnshire, were designed for entertaining, and since being built by William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth I’s chief adviser, it has hosted sparkling evenings of entertainment from supper parties to grand balls.

This October visitors can experience their very own grand night out in stately surroundings as ‘Burghley by Twilight’ returns, between 5-7 October, when the floodlit building lights up the night sky and the state rooms are transformed by soft lighting and candlelight.

As visitors explore the illuminated rooms they can also enjoy performances from a variety of classical musicians, with Elizabethan minstrel, Dante Ferrara, adding music and merriment with his Lute and Hurdy Gurdy.

‘Harpist to the stars’ Soraya Vermeulen – who has performed alongside artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Rod Stewart and Gregory Porter, as well as for members of the Royal family – will fill the Great Hall with music.  Meanwhile, the Old Kitchen will see aclassical recorder performance, while a violinist and choirs will provide background music in other rooms throughout the House.

Adding a little more sparkle to the exclusive after-hours experience, Prosecco will be served in the Old Kitchen and the Great Hall.

Burghley will re-open from 6-8pm each evening during the twilight event, with tickets costing £28 per person, which must be pre-booked.

For full details, visit www.burghley.co.uk