Manor House

European Heritage Day

This year the Gate Lodge opened as part of the European Heritage Open Days on Saturday 8th September 2012. This event included guided, historical walking tours around the grounds of the picturesque Victorian Gate Lodge which has an abundance of decorative detailing.

Photos of European Heritage Day:

European Heritage Day
European Heritage Day
European Herita...
European Heritage Day
European Heritage Day
European Heritage Day
European Herita...
European Heritage Day
European Heritage Day
European Heritage Day
European Herita...
European Heritage Day
European Heritage Day
European Heritage Day
European Herita...
European Heritage Day
European Heritage Day
European Heritage Day
European Herita...
European Heritage Day
European Heritage Day
European Heritage Day
European Herita...
European Heritage Day

The Gatelodge Project

The Santas Gatelodge project (www.santasgatelodge.com) started in December 2010 and was set up and organised by the iCare Charity Committee in Homecare Independent Living.

The idea came about during one of the first ICare Charity meetings, when someone suggested turning the small Gatelodge building into a Santa’s grotto as it was so quaint and looked like something out of a fairy tale. With the unexpected find of a quaint log cabin, a Christmas wish room was also created. What started off as a Santa’s Gatelodge for charity has grown beyond what anyone on the charity could have imagined with over 230 volunteers of all ages from right across the community getting involved to make it come alive for the children.

In the 1st year, the Mackles restored the Gatelodge to its original features and the surrounding area was cleared up to accommodate all of the visitors. This was used as Mrs. Claus' kitchen and the Fairy Godmother's story room. In the second year, the grounds of the Manor House were prepared and the Pavillon was renovated to become Santa's living room and an Elf School.

Milford Community Development Association were a key partner in this project and they were involved from the beginning. Members from their organisation sat on the ICare charity meetings and they helped to organise volunteer nights and supplied many volunteers from the village and surrounding areas.

100% of proceeds is donated to local and national worthwhile causes that "make a difference" to people’s lives…

Photos of Santa's Gatelodge:

Gatelodge Now
Gatelodge Now
Gatelodge Now
Gatelodge Now
Santa and Mrs Claus Bedroom
Santa and Mrs Claus Bedroom
Santa and Mrs C...
Santa and Mrs Claus Bedroom
Santa and Mrs. Claus Bedroom 2
Santa and Mrs. Claus Bedroom 2
Santa and Mrs. ...
Santa and Mrs. Claus Bedroom 2
Gatelodge Kitchen (Mrs. Claus' Kitchen)
Gatelodge Kitchen (Mrs. Claus' Kitchen)
Gatelodge Kitch...
Gatelodge Kitchen (Mrs. Claus' Kitchen)
Santa's Office in Gatelodge
Santa's Office in Gatelodge
Santa's Office ...
Santa's Office in Gatelodge
Gate Lodge Now
Gate Lodge Now
Gate Lodge Now
Gate Lodge Now

 

Milford Fun Day

This annual event is hosted in the grounds of the Manor House and is also run by iCare Charity and Milford Community Development Association. The aim of this event is to raise money for the restoration of the Old School House which is used as a Community Centre by the residents of Milford village. With large crowds attending from all over Northern Ireland there is a wide range of activities put on to cater for young and old - all in the grounds of the Manor House.

All visitors are greeted with a tractor journey up the Manor Avenue to the large, scenic grounds and then onto the pony rides which take the children for a walk around the grounds. When this event started, the Pavillon was restored and is now turned into a quaint tea room every year.

Photos of Milford Fun Day:

Grounds of Manor House for Pony Rides
Grounds of Manor House for Pony Rides
Grounds of Mano...
Grounds of Manor House for Pony Rides
Tractor Rides in Grounds of Manor House
Tractor Rides in Grounds of Manor House
Tractor Rides i...
Tractor Rides in Grounds of Manor House
Penalty Kicks in Grounds of Manor House
Penalty Kicks in Grounds of Manor House
Penalty Kicks i...
Penalty Kicks in Grounds of Manor House
Grounds Cleared for Stage Area
Grounds Cleared for Stage Area
Grounds Cleared...
Grounds Cleared for Stage Area

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