EAST Riddlesden Hall is opening its doors for a one-off wedding open evening.

The Airedale Barn, will be opening its doors on December 4 for a special winter open evening, ahead of an anticipated busy year for the weddings team

The open evening will be a chance for couples to view the wedding venue after dark with fairy lights and candles.

Usually, wedding showcases and open days take place during daylight, so this is a unique opportunity to see the barn after hours.

National Trust weddings manager, Flora Simpson, said: “It can sometimes be difficult for our couples to imagine how the Airedale Barn looks during the evening, so this is a great opportunity to see the barn after dark and experience how amazing this space looks at night-time”.

As well as it being a chance to view the wedding venue, there will be food, drink and live entertainment on offer.

Flora added: “We wanted to make it a really special event so people are able to enjoy a festive night out while thinking about their upcoming wedding plans”.

“Everyone is welcome, whether you’re thinking of booking with us or have already booked your wedding here. The Airedale Barn is such a lovely space, and it really comes to life at night-time. I’m excited people will be able to experience this different side of the venue.”

With so many postponements and cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic, the team at East Riddlesden Hall is coming to the end of a really busy year of weddings with next year set to be their busiest one yet.

National Trust weddings and events co-ordinator, Agatha Cooper, said: “It’s been so lovely to be able to get back to doing what we love in the wedding industry; helping our couples have the best day of their lives.

“The next few years are already looking really busy and we’re hoping the winter wedding open evening will inspire our future couples and help them get excited about their wedding at East Riddlesden Hall.”

The winter wedding open evening is being held between 6pm and 10pm. There is no need to book in advance.

East Riddlesden Hall is looked after by the National Trust.The Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything the charity does.

Entirely independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 778 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across

England, Wales and Northern Ireland. More than 24 million people visit every year, and together with five million members and over 65,000 volunteers, they help to support the charity.