Ushaw started a programme of concerts and events in 2014 and then opened the nineteenth century chapels, reception rooms and gardens to the public every Saturday from Easter 2015. Up to now we have had 15,000 people through the door expressing surprise that such an amazing place should have remained a secret for so long.
Well, here we are once again, introducing our 2016 season of concerts and events, and opening up to the public every Saturday from 1:00–5:00pm and one Sunday every month—free of charge.
Our programme is as diverse as ever with Organ, Brass, Choral, Jazz and Folk. We have a fascinating lecture programme and in the summer Shakespeare will be performed in the grounds! Four new exhibitions will open through the year, including a foray into Contemporary Art.
We will have walks and trails around the grounds and a Special Rabbit Trail for youngsters. There are two fantastic weekend festivals - Folk Music in June (3rd, 4th, & 5th) led by Kathryn Tickell and Alistair Anderson; Jazz on the August Bank Holiday weekend with Alyn Barnes and Bruce Adams, Nigel Price Trio and our own Paul Edis. In September the Royal Northern Sinfonia will once again perform in St Cuthbert’s Chapel.
We have comedy this year with a Tommy Cooper Tribute in October, a Food and Craft Fair in April and St Cuthbert’s Hospice return for their Summer Fair on July 2nd. Our excellent café and well stocked shop will be open once again - Afternoon Tea at Ushaw has become quite an attraction in itself. Opportunities to book our wonderful rooms and spaces for conferences, meetings, tours, special dinners and celebration parties are also now available.