Hall fairy trail door donated after theft

Lytham Hall volunteers Sue Lowe, Julia Lipman and Judy Collins
Lytham Hall volunteers Sue Lowe, Julia Lipman and Judy Collins
Have your say

The venue’s summer holiday quest is thanks mainly to 15-year-old Phoebe Thompson, a work experience student from Lytham St Annes Performing Arts College, who spent time with volunteer Sue Lowe, devising the 14-door trail through woodland.

However, the trail nearly didn’t happen after the first door installed disappeared after just a few hours – apparently stolen.

But a notice on Facebook of the sad event struck a chord with a big-hearted Lytham business which offered a replacement.

Rachel Parga’s gift business Hanzel and Gretel, in Clifton Walk, Lytham, sells all things fairy, from Alice in Wonderland teapots to award winning fudge and fairy gifts. Their donated door has been gratefully received by Lytham Hall and will now be placed on the trail.

To complete the trail, visitors have to follow a Secret Door map to find the 14 colourfully painted doors, helping them discover new parts of the Hall’s grounds in the process.

Marianne Blaauboer, activity plan officer at Lytham Hall, said: “Parents told us that they sometimes struggle to get their children to walk around the hall grounds, as they prefer to stay put and play.

“The idea of the secret door trail is to tempt boys and girls alike to be the ones to lead the walk through the grounds, as they discover the different doors.

“The initiative was brought to fruition by volunteers, and the plans are to offer visitors workshops to make their own door this summer too, so watch this space.”

Garden volunteers have also made secret doors for visitors to purchase on weekdays, from the estate office.

Lytham Hall parkland is open between 10am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday and Sunday, when a small entry fee is charged

The trails are available from the tea room lobby.

Tiny doors have appeared all over Lytham Hall’s parkland – and members of the public have been invited to discover who ‘lives’ behind them.