Chinese New Year comes to Hoghton Tower

9 February 2015

On Sunday 15th February Hoghton Tower will be welcoming in the Chinese New Year with the help of the Confucius Institute at UCLAN.  This is the Year of the Goat – a celebration for those born in 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015!

In addition to the monthly Farmers’ Market, the house will be brought alive with a host of Chinese activities including a very lively dragon display, Tai Chi, martial arts, calligraphy and storytelling.  Weather permitting, the gardens will be open to show the first few signs of Spring and there will be a children’s discovery trail through the courtyards and grounds. Traditional and unusual children’s toys will be on sale in the Stables Gift Shop, and the tea room will be serving hot and cold refreshments.

Says James Dean, Hoghton Tower General Manager: ‘Our aim is to offer a traditional family day out which combines learning and fun for everyone. By the time you’ve visited the market, marvelled at the dragon, tried your hand at calligraphy and Tai Chi, watched the martial arts display, listened to some stories, followed the discovery trail and enjoyed hot chocolate and fortune cookies in the tea room, you’ll have a full day of smiles and memories to treasure.’

Chinese New Year at Hoghton Tower takes place on Sunday 15th February from 10am to 3pm. Admission is by ticket available on the day only. Workshops on a first-come, first-served basis. Car park £1. Admission: adults £6, children and concessions £4, children under 5 go free.
The Farmers’ Market is open from 10am to 2pm. Car park £1.

Further details available at or by contacting the Hoghton Tower office – 01254 852986 or [email protected] .

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Lisa Brice at Hoghton Tower or phone 01254 852986

Hoghton Tower, a Grade I listed building, is the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family. Re-created in 1565 by Thomas Hoghton, this ancient, fortified, hilltop manor house is the only true baronial hall in Lancashire. With the creation of the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust in 1978, the Tower today has become a destination for culture, education and entertainment. Walled gardens and imposing state rooms provide an impressive backdrop for family days out, a weekend stay, weddings and celebrations, corporate away days and cultural and educational events. From the past to the present, the house has many tales to tell, from the visit of King James I in 1617 to a troupe of Shakespearian actors arriving by bicycle to entertain the crowds in 2014. The house is open for special events and private group tours throughout the year, and from May to October for guided tours Monday to Thursday and Sundays. All admission and venue hire charges support the work of the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust – keeping heritage alive for future generations. Registered Charity Number 508357.

For further details of the UCLAN Confucius Institute, please visit

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