Special Events in our "At the Manor" series
2022 At the Manor series
"At the Manor” is a series of unique events and initiatives that take place within Willistead Manor. Over the years, the program has included yoga classes; theatre and opera performances; literary events; tours; brunches; dinners and more. Space is limited for these unforgettable events in our City of Windsor culture and heritage gem. Please explore the list below, as well as the 2022 "At the Manor" series promo card to see what's in store for you this year. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Please note that tickets for individual events will go on sale approximately two months before the event, and pricing information will be included or updated at that time.
July Summer Tours
Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sundays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This year, our summer tours are offering free admission in honour of the 206th birthday of Hiram Walker, the installation of the Hiram Walker Commemorative Statue at the new Hiram Walker Parkette in Walkerville, and the opening of the new and permanent Coach House Historical Exhibition. The exhibition shares the story of Hiram Walker, the Walker family and legacy, the Walker businesses, formation of Walkerville, Edward and Mary Walker, construction of Willistead Manor, and much more. A minimum donation of $2.00 per person to the Friends of Willistead is recommended. For details, visit our Tours page.
2nd Annual High Tea & Garden Party
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Three seatings offered at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Experience includes a not-to-be-missed Tea Bar featuring hot & cold teas, a delicious menu of sandwiches, crumpets, scones & pastries, and a guided tour of the Paul Martin Gardens. Guests are encouraged to wear their fanciest 'high tea hat' for a chance to win a prize. When available, tickets will be sold at ThymeToGo.ca.
Doors Open Windsor
Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.
Experience includes free admission to the new and permanent Coach House Historical Exhibition, which shares the story of Hiram Walker, the Walker family and legacy, the Walker businesses, formation of Walkerville, Edward and Mary Walker, construction of Willistead Manor, and much more. The exhibition was designed and created by HCA Mindbox, and supported by the Merinoff Foundation, the Walker descendants, Willistead Manor Inc., the Friends of Willistead, and the City of Windsor. Please note that the Willistead Manor main house will not be included in Doors Open Windsor this year. Details at DoorsOpenWindsor.com online.
Poetry at the Manor - Vol. 10
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
2022 Poetry at the Manor flyer.
Special 10th Anniversary edition of the popular annual literary arts event. Hosted by Windsor's Poet Laureate Emeritus Marty Gervais, and featuring Mary Ann Mulhern (past Poet Laureate for Windsor), Anna Yin (inaugural Poet Laureate for Mississauga), Richard-Yves Sitoski (Poet Laureate for Owen Sound), Micheline Maylor (Poet Laureate Emeritus for Calgary), and Sarah Lewis (past Poet Laureate for Peterborough). The event will also feature the book launch for A Manor of Words: Poetry at the Manor 10th Anniversary Anthology.
2nd Annual Harvest Dinner
Experience includes a not-to-be-missed farm-to-table epic roast featuring three delicious cuts of meat, rustic vegetables, seasonal side dishes, whisky tastings, and live
entertainment. When available, tickets will be sold at ThymeToGo.ca
Annual Holiday Tours
Wednesdays, December 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sundays, December 4, 11 and 18, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Experience includes tours of Willistead Manor all decked out in its holiday finest, tours of the new Coach House Historical Exhibition, and access to the Friends of Willistead's holiday display. Regular tour pricing applies. For more details, as available, visit our Tours page.
Breakfast With Santa
Sundays, December 4, 11 and 18, 2022
One seating at 10:00 a.m.
Experience includes breakfast buffet, Santa visit and photo op, and a self-guided mini-tour of Willistead Manor. Ticket price will include the buffet, Santa visit, and mini-tour. Keepsake photos with Santa to take away will cost $10.00 extra on site. When available, tickets will be sold at ThymeToGo.ca.
Valentine's Day Dinner
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
One seating at 6:00 p.m.
Experience includes a 5-course fine dining tasting tour of Chef Julie’s travels through Paris – the most romantic city in the world! Your dining experience includes champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, as well as live entertainment. When available, tickets will be sold at ThymeToGo.ca.
Easter Brunch Buffet
Sunday, April 9, 2023
Two seatings at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Experience includes a delicious brunch buffet and an Easter Egg hunt inside Willistead Manor. When available, tickets will be sold at ThymeToGo.ca.
Mother's Day Brunch Buffet
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Two seatings at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Experience includes a delicious brunch buffet and tours of the Paul Martin Gardens. When available, tickets will be sold at ThymeToGo.ca.
Art in the Park 2023
Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, 2023
All details will be posted, as available, at ArtInTheParkWindsor.com online.
Yoga at the Manor - Not currently scheduled
Yoga at the Manor has no classes currently scheduled. However, when available, our classes are offered in the spring, fall and winter. We also offer a short, four-class session in the summer.
Yoga at the Manor. In this all-levels Yoga class, you will learn the discipline of relaxation and meditation. Concentrate on breathing and yoga positions, and improve your flexibility and agility.
Gentle Yoga/Healthy Backs at the Manor. The hardest part of yoga practice can be quieting the mind to listen to the body. Relax deeply; let go of unhealthy performance-based habits which contribute to imbalance and injury. This restorative approach to yoga builds healthier backs and helps improve concentration.
Both Yoga offerings at Willistead Manor take place inside the main manor house. Depending on the weather, some classes may take place in the beautiful Paul Martin Gardens just outside the building. This is a unique opportunity to be active and healthy in the unforgettable setting of Willistead Manor.
Keep in touch through the Cultural Affairs E-Blast
Keep in touch with upcoming events, projects, initiatives and more by signing up for our monthly Cultural Affairs E-Blast. Delivered on the 2nd Tuesday of every month
, this electronic newsletter keeps you up to date on the unique happenings at: the Cultural Affairs Office, Museum Windsor, The Windsor Sculpture Park, Willistead Manor, Mackenzie Hall, and more. To sign up, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Willistead Manor events include:
Willistead Manor's Valentine's Day Experience. February 14, 2019.
Willistead Manor Holiday Tours and Breakfast with Santa. December 2019.
1st Annual Harvest Dinner at Willistead Manor. October 27, 2019.
Poetry at the Manor - Vol. 7. October 8, 2019.
Art in the Park 2019. June 1-2, 2019.
An Evening With Professor Michael Farrell. May 22, 2019.
2019 Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. May 12, 2019.
Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet 2019.
Opera at the Manor - "Cinderella". October 2019.
Doors Open Windsor 2018.
Opera at the Manor - Turn of the Screw by Abridged Opera Co. March 2018.
Opera at the Manor - "Pat and Emilia". 2018.
Willistead Manor and Thyme To-Go Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. May 2018.
Poetry at the Manor - Volume 6 - 2018.
Yoga at the Manor - 2018.
Willistead Manor and Thyme To-Go Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. May 2017.
Willistead Manor Inc., City of Windsor and Friends of Willistead Silent Auction. March 2017.
Poetry at the Manor volumes 1 through 4. 2012-2015.
Pat and Emilia Opera Premiere.
Doors Open Windsor 2016
Contact Willistead Manor
1899 Niagara Street
Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N8Y 1K3
Phone: For general information, contact 311. For detailed inquiries, call 519-253-2365.
COVID-19 Update for Willistead Manor as of July 2022
Willistead Manor is a beautiful historic property – used by many to host lovely events. We are pleased to announce that the manor has re-opened to the public. Staff are available by phone during regular business hours to discuss bookings in 2022 and beyond.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, please consider the following when visiting us:
- Visitors are asked to complete a self (passive) screening assessment, and to read the COVID-19 signage posted at the manor's entrance.
- Visitors are asked to sanitize hands upon entering the manor; hand-sanitizing stations are available within.
- Visitors are asked to maintain social distancing of 2 metres, where possible, within the manor.
Recognizing that Willistead Manor offers an intimate setting, with guests seated close together for ceremonies, receptions, and special events, masks are optional, and encouraged for those who feel comfort in wearing them.