LYTHAM Hall’s magnificent grounds can now be declared officially open!
The public can roam the 80-acres of woodland FREE of charge on weekdays until Christmas.
Easter marked the start of a historic agreement between hall bosses and Lancashire County Council which means that the grounds now have the same country park status as other Lancashire attractions such as Beacon Fell and Rivington Park.
Under the agreement – initially for three years – the grounds will be open to the public free for 200 days a year.
That means there will no charge for visiting on Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm until Christmas.
On Saturdays the grounds will be closed for weddings, private events and for hall fundraising efforts.
On Sundays there will a charge of £1 for adults and 50p for children. The hall itself will be open every Sunday.
Car parking is also free – but a donation is being requested.
The county council has already appointed Park Ranger Sarah Dornan who will be arranging a number of activities, including guided walks. A tea room service will be available later in the summer.
Heritage Trust NW Director John Miller said the new status was a massive boost for the Save Lytham Hall appeal seeking Lottery and public funding to renovate the Grade I listed 18th century manor house.
Lottery chiefs have agreed to extend the £3m appeal deadline until September to give the Fylde community five months to raise the outstanding £650,000.