Events at Wythenshawe Hall

The Big Lunch at Wythenshawe Hall goes from strength to strength  

June 2014. Building on the success of last year, Paul Selby, a Friend of Wythenshawe Hall and representative for the Eden Project's Big Lunch, alongside the Friends of the Hall delivered yet another successful Big Lunch at Wythenshawe Hall on 1st June 2014. The Big Lunch provides an opportunity for communities to come together to spend an afternoon together for friendship and fun. 

Comments about the day’s visit:

"Really good day, everything was brilliant." M Flynn, Northern Moor

The Big Lunch. Luckily the sun came out for the day, deck chairs were aplenty and the crowds followed, 1164 in fact. The Hall's Resident Soprano, Scarlett Quigley delivered an awe-inspiring performance in the library. Visitors came from far and wide for a chance to hear the sublime vocal sound of this local emerging artist. Photographs of this event and many more can be found by selecting the picture tab above.

Comments about the day’s visit:

“We have lived in Wythenshawe since 1935 and spent many happy times in the park. We moved to Baguley in the 1960s and I have a photo of my wife and our first child in the park. That photo was taken 100 yards behind the memorial gardens where my wife's ashes lie beneath the "Tree of Life" in the same memorial gardens." Stanley

Wythenshawe Hall Gardens. In the Hall gardens families and friends found themselves a sunny spot and with picnics in hand, were eager to soak up the friendly neighbourly atmosphere. A big thank you to The Courtyard Cafe for providing custom picnic lunches for the afternoon. Neighbourhood assistant Mary and Sarah from Adult Learning Care put on a display of hanging baskets, patio pots and seeded trays, all for sale at very competitive prices.

Comments about the day’s visit:

“I love listening to a brass band, you can't beat it. It reminds me of my younger days..."

Music. was very much the at the forefront of the Big Lunch and no picnic in the park would be complete without the popular Denton Brass Band. Four in Accord Barbershop Quartet joined us once again and performed superb harmonious melodies as they ambled through the Hall, gardens and Courtyard.

Comments about the day’s visit:

“Brilliant House, cant wait to see it in 50 years! Fabulous house.” Bridget, San Diego

FoWH. The Hall was open thought the afternoon and the Friends, dressed in period costume, chatted and answered questions about the hall and their collection of handmade period costumes.  Crafts. The little ones were kept busy at our kite-making workshop, with help from the Friends. Mums and dads were also on hand to help with the trickier parts and a gentle wind helped the kites along.


Comments about the day’s visit:

“A beautiful atmosphere in a hidden gem, so much enthusiasm by all the volunteers.” Mary, Stockport

Transport. As a special treat The Museum of Transport Greater Manchester brought one of their open top bus fleet to the Hall, allowing visitors to step onboard. Retired Librarian George Turnbull was on hand to give information about the fleet and allowed some visitors to sit behind the wheel! 


Thank you to everyone who made our 2nd Big Lunch happen

lets hope we can enjoy an even bigger and better one next year!

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