Southwell Workhouse welcomes 400,000th visitor

Amber Behrens, left, and Sammy Johnson, members of the 400,000th visitor party at The Workhouse. Photo: National Trust.

Amber Behrens, left, and Sammy Johnson, members of the 400,000th visitor party at The Workhouse. Photo: National Trust.

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2012 is certainly a year of festivities at The Workhouse at Southwell - not only is it the 10th anniversary of the National Trust property opening its doors to the public, it has also just welcomed its 400,000th visitor.

After a ‘Could it be you?’ campaign around the local area it finally reached the milestone on Saturday 16th June when Denise Behrens and her daughter Amber and Katherine Johnson and her son Sammy became the 400,000th visitor group.

The two families from Collingham, near Newark, were prompted to visit by a leaflet Denise received a few days previously and by Amber who had been badgering her mum to bring her since she had missed out on a couple of school trips to The Workhouse. The families were presented with a goody bag, free admission for the rest of the season and enjoyed tea and cake with staff. Amber, eight, and Sammy, five, found lots to do and besides enjoying the cake had fun pulling the water pump and dressing up in pauper costumes. ‘I would definitely recommend a visit to other families, said Katherine, ‘the building may appear austere on the outside but there is a lot for the children to do and they learn best through having fun’.

“This visit has been so memorable and we can’t wait to come back for Graft, Gruel and Good-For–Nothings day,” said Denise, “It has really taken us out of ourselves, what a difference a morning can make!”

Denise joined the National Trust on the strength of her visit so the family could enjoy lots of free days out during the summer. “We will always remember our day at The Workhouse and when we go somewhere else will expect the same treatment!” she added.

If you haven’t yet visited The Workhouse this year there are lots of exciting events coming up over the summer including: Family fun days during August, Graft, Gruel and Good-For-Nothings on 25th July, Victorian Village fete on 25th August and a Community Drama festival on 15th and 16th September. More details of these and other events can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/workhouse