THE grounds of one of the North West’s finest stately homes is set to provide a magical backdrop as a classic children’s tale is brought to life.

The Secret Garden will be staged in the surrounds of the magnificent Grade II-listed Holker Hall, near Grange-over-Sands, on Saturday August 3.

This year’s annual outdoor theatre performance will unfold in Pagan’s Grove - a popular feature set near to the hall’s formal gardens.

Holker Hall manager Heather Creasey said the atmospheric surroundings of the 400-year-old property were sure to capture the imagination of all who attend.

“Our annual outdoor theatre experience is always a popular summer event," she said.

“But this year is set to be really special.

“The Secret Garden is a timeless story loved by children and adults alike."

The production, based on the 1911 book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, will be staged by The Storyteller’s Co.

Cast members will lead guests on a journey through the gardens to the grove before the performance gets underway at 6pm.

Tickets for the performance cost £11 for adults and £6 for children, with a family ticket costing £30. Visit