13/06/2013 09:03 BST | Updated 13/06/2013 09:17 BST

National Trust To Stage Burlesque Dances To Attract New Visitors (PICTURES)

This summer, The National Trust will adopt a new method to attract visitors... burlesque dancing.

Lola Lamour and her entourage -- complete with "corsets feathers and pearls" -- may be a far cry from the staid image of woodlands and stately homes, but organisers claim the performance "will be an homage to traditional Victorian entertainment".


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Lola Lamour, burlesque dancer

The event, which takes place on Saturday 22 June in Killerton, will form part of a two-day vintage experience. Organisers hope to bring in new faces after last year saw a 4% decline in visitors across the country.

Shelley Barnes from event organisers 'Crikey It's Vintage' told The Telegraph that there will be no nudity.

“It is a family event, so the burlesque dancers will be quite tame," she said. "It is supposed to be a bit light-hearted. They won’t be getting completely naked, let’s put it that way."

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"This is a new and exciting event," Felicity Boucher from Killerton said in a statement. "We’ve never tried anything like this before but the back drop of the house and garden seemed like the perfect setting for an evening of cocktails and nostalgic appeal.”

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