Free entry to the Dorothy Clive Gardens – on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December

Free entry to the Dorothy Clive Gardens and exclusive tours of the secret garden: it’s all ‘Thanks to you’ National Lottery players.

Since the National Lottery was set up in 1994 over $4million has been raised to protect and celebrate Newcastle’s heritage. From repairing historic places of worship to commemorating the world wars and from celebrating local traditions to opening up historic gardens, National Lottery players have supported over 70 community projects across the borough.

The latest projects will unearth two of Newcastle’s secret gardens. The first grant of £49,800 will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Dorothy Clive Garden while a grant of £68,000 will for the first time permanently open the historic Betley Court Gardens to the public.

To say thanks to National Lottery players the Dorothy Clive Gardens is offering free entry on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December for visitors bringing along a National Lottery scratch card or ticket valid for that week. Players will also be able to book for special entry to both gardens at £10 for group bookings during 2019.This will include a rare behind the scenes tour of how Betley Court is being transformed ahead of its official 2020 opening. For more details and to discover other National Lottery sites giving free entry and offers visit www.hlf.org.uk/thankstoyou/map

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said ‘December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7.8bn National Lottery funding since 1994. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.