The National Trust has teamed up with Channel 5 and production company Endemol to open the iconic Big Brother UK house to the public for two days later this month.
Fans of the show can now book their places on guided tours around the property – located in Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire – on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September.
The tours last approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes and will begin every half hour between 10.00am and 5.30pm on each day. Tickets cost £16 each, or £12 for National Trust members and concessions, and are available to buy from the National Trust website.
In addition, there will be an ‘opening gala’ on Thursday 26th for press, guests and pundits, which one member of the public can win tickets for them and six friends to attend.
The scheme is part of ‘The London Project’, a newly-created ‘department’ at the Trust which focuses on finding ways of ‘interesting younger, urban audiences in their built and natural heritage by bringing the history, stories and character of places to life in new and relevant ways’.
A press release reads: “The Trust has always been about getting people into special places. And, there is no doubt that this particular Palace of Varieties, housed in Elstree Studios, is a genuine residence and special to many. In fact, arguably, more special than most.
“The fact that the housemates’ residence is not, say, a sublime Robert Adam country house like, for example, Osterley Park, does not necessarily make it less interesting to the National Trust. The Great Houses of our past reflected the tastes of the day and so does the Big Brother House.”
“Visitors will enjoy many of the traditional pleasures of the National Trust experience: a warm greeting from a friendly volunteer, good signage and interpretation, and a prickly pine-cone or two on a chair.”
It is the first time ever that the Big Brother UK house has been directly opened up to the public.
However, Channel 5 offered tours to subscribers of its sister publication OK! Magazine for a short period last year, while companies were also recently able to hire it for corporate events.