‘Tis the season to wrap up warm and celebrate the festive season through the ages.
Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire
Find out how families pulled
together during the war years to celebrate the festive season with this 1940s
thrifty Christmas. The dining room, drawing room and bedrooms will be dressed
as they would have been on a 1940s Christmas morning, with relevant music.
Activities include make do and mend workshops. Christmas
at Hardwick, 3 to 4 December, 11 to 3 pm.
Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
The ruins of Kenilworth are
best known as the home Elizabeth I’s great love Robert Dudley, who transformed
the castle into a Renaissance palace to impress his queen. In true Elizabethan
style, Kenilworth is hosting a Tudor Christmas with historical re-enactment
group Heuristics, who will give interactive presentations about Tudor Christmas
traditions, games, decorations and food. A
Tudor Christmas, 17 to 18 December, 10 am to 4 pm.
Alfriston Clergy House, Sussex
For an authentic medieval
Christmas, head to the 14th-century Alfriston Clergy House, the
first house to be acquired by the National Trust. There won’t be a Christmas
tree (that came later) but you’ll see how a country house was decorated in the
Middle Ages, with lots of holly, ivy, mistletoe and garlands of apples and nuts
festooning the walls. Medieval
Christmas, 3 to 18 December, 11 am to 4pm.
Osborne House, Isle of Wight
Queen Victoria and Prince
Albert bought this Italianate palace in 1845, and the queen spent almost every
Christmas there after Albert’s death in 1861, until her own death in 1900. So
every year, in her honour, the ground floor is decorated with the traditions of
a Victorian Christmas. Visitors can enjoy singing chimney sweeps, Victorian
fairground stalls, street games and A Christmas Carol pantomime. A
Victorian Christmas, 19 to 20 November, 10 am to 4 pm.
Upton House, Warwickshire
Witness how the “downstairs” inhabitants celebrated Christmas in the 1930s at
the Servants Christmas Ball. Based on oral testimony and house records from the
era, Upton House will be hosting a party traditionally held for its staff, and
guests can marvel at the long gallery, decorated with paper chains, and take
part in 1930s dancing demonstrations. Servants’ Christmas Ball,
3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 December, 12 to 3:30 pm