THE National Trust is offering the chance to step into the past at Seaton Delaval Hall with a Georgian masquerade ball.
The event aims to bring to life the history of the building in a unique and special way.
Guests will arrive at the hall, once home to the Delaval family who were well known for their fondness of parties, on a summer’s evening to be welcomed by their host and embark on a magical adventure into the past.
Before the ball begins there will be an hour of instruction from an expert dance historian followed by demonstrations before the event gets under way.
A Georgian buffet will be served and a bar will be open throughout the evening as well as card tables offering traditional games.
Alison Forbes, events co-ordinator for the trust as Seaton Delaval Hall, said: “Our event offers a unique opportunity to experience what it would have been like at a masked ball in the 1700s.
“From arriving at the hall, guests will feel like they have stepped into a day in history – the people, costumes, food, music and dancing will be very authentic.
“We wanted to host events this year which enabled people to experience living history.
“We found a reference to a masquerade house ball in the diary of Sara Delaval in 1755 and thought the main hall lent itself perfectly to this type of event.
“In September we plan to hold a banquet which many local people can remember attending in the 1970s.
“We’ll be putting our own stamp on it this year, however, with an authentic 18th century feast and Georgian inspired entertainment.”
The masked ball supports the National Trust’s aim of bringing its places to life by offering unique experiences that help to tell the story of each individual place.
The Masked Ball at Seaton Delaval Hall takes place on Saturday, June 23, from 7pm to midnight in the main hall.
Tickets are £40 per person and are available by calling (0191) 237 9100.
Tickets are also available for the Georgian banquet on Saturday, September 29, from 7pm to 11pm, at a cost of £50 per person.
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