New tearoom opens its doors

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Visitors to Lyveden New Bield, near Oundle, will now be able to enjoy a nice of cup of tea at its new tearoom.

The Cottage Tearoom will open its doors when the National Trust property re-opens in February and the Trust is looking for volunteers to help staff it.

“People visit from around the world and the interests of no two visitors are the same,” said Mark Bradshaw, property manager. “We are looking to take on volunteers who can help on a weekly or monthly basis to help in the tearoom and therefore help the work of the National Trust.

“Volunteering offers a great opportunity to meet people, learn new skills or develop your CV. Offering more than 50 hours of support a year also brings a free pass to all National Trust properties and discount to Trust shops and other catering outlets.”

Lyveden is one of England’s oldest gardens and designated “of international importance” by English Heritage. Created by Sir Thomas Tresham in 1600, Lyveden remains virtually unaltered since the family became involved in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The historic garden is surrounded by acres of woodland and wildflower meadows offering a perfect spot to volunteer in a delightful relaxing environment. Nearly 20,000 people visit the property every year.

“Without volunteers the National Trust would simply be unable to offer wonderful places for visitors to enjoy,” added Mark.

To find out more about volunteering at Lyveden and become involved in the work of the National Trust contact Ann Hoxley at or 01832 205358.

Lyveden is open from 11am to 4pm every weekend from February to March 12; Wednesday to Sunday, from 10.30am to 5pm, from March 13 to the end of April and daily from 10.30am to 5pm from May 1 to the end of September. It is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am to 5pm, from October 2 to October 31, and weekends in November from 11am to 5pm.

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