A STATELY mansion connected to Worcester's vinegar heritage will be holding its annual open day this weekend.

Whitbourne Hall, which was built by Worcester's vinegar magnate Edward Bickerton Evans in 1861-1862, will be open to the public from noon to 6pm on Sunday.

The hall, near Knightwick, and grounds are currently owned by the Whitbourne Hall Community, which opens some of the restored rooms in the house and the gardens for visitors to see once every year.

People will be able to take a look around the hall, the dining room with its chandelier, the library, the morning room and the drawing room with their original wall coverings as well as the Italian garden, the palm house and the walled kitchen garden.

The grade II* listed mansion was designed by Edmund Wallace Elmslie and built in a classical Greek style with a pillared portico inspired by the Erectheum on the Acropolis.

The huge orangery, now known as the palm house, was originally thought to be the tallest in Europe.

One of the organisers, Mary Duffy, said there would be three guided tours during the afternoon.

There will also be a chance for people to buy ceramics, light refreshments and items from the WI country markets.

Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children. Directions to the hall will be signed from the A44 near Whitbourne.