THERE’S far more to East Riddlesden Hall than first impressions would have you believe.

It was once a hive of farming activity on an estate which spread over 1,000 acres and produced enough milk, cheese and bread to adequately supply the household and all the workers.

Today the traditional farm manor is hidden within another type of estate, 1930s suburbia.

In front of the house which spans generations in its development, is a large pond home to ducks and other fowl, whilst to the rear are two tithe barns, one beautifully restored and the venue to weddings throughout the year.

Further away are hay meadows, bee hives and homes to many types of wildlife including a new otter holt. Later in the year we are hoping to introduce some traditional cattle to the meadows.

The gardens boast a herb border which was used as a medicine cabinet by previous inhabitants as well as a wild garden which looks lovely at this time of year as the crocuses and daffodils are coming into bloom.

The more formal areas have seasonal planting and quiet spaces to relax and while away a few hours on warmer days: the whole property is one of a warm friendly green space with plenty for everyone to discover and explore.

Throughout the year we have family events at the weekends and in the school holidays so keep a look out on our Facebook page and website for more information.

We also run wildlife walks in the summer, an outdoor theatre performance and a vintage car rally.

Most weekends there is something for the youngest members of the family, ranging from wild art to storytelling and craft.

None of this is possible without the help of our volunteers and all it takes to keep the grounds and house in pristine condition.

Our pewter collection which I mentioned last month is being cleaned and a care plan developed. If you want to see that in action join us every Tuesday until April 12 from 10.30am until noon.

A recent development is a volunteer food group who are developing displays of some of the traditional foods which would have been served in the 17th century. This includes fruit, nuts, cheese, pies, bread, beer and wine.

The display will evolve over the next few months so drop in and see how we’re doing.

The food displays are made from a glazed pastry and will be arranged on the original platters, jugs and vessels. They will have herbs and other foliage added from the garden according to the seasonal availability.

If it’s real food you’re after, don’t forget our tea room is open daily (except Thursdays and Fridays) from Easter throughout the summer for a wide range of seasonal light meals and scrumptious cakes.

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