Traditional feel to Hall’s festive event

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens is ready to revive some festive traditions in the build up to Christmas, as it launches its Christmas through the ages events programme, with a little help from some iconic characters from history.
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens is ready to revive some festive traditions in the build up to Christmas, as it launches its Christmas through the ages events programme, with a little help from some iconic characters from history.
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BELSAY Hall has revived some festive traditions to launch its Christmas Through The Ages events programme.

The team and ‘helpers’, in the form of a Victorian Father Christmas and a medieval Christmas character, have been busy dressing the Hall for the festive season with stunning displays of winter foliage and Christmas tree decorations.

Head gardener Jo Harrigan has also created some winter bouquets.

The romantic revival of Christmas occurred during the Victorian era, when some of the popular traditions we celebrate today were born.

The Victorian Christmas With Father Christmas event on Saturday and Sunday takes a look back at heart-warming Yuletide tales and poems when St Nicholas was first celebrated, with additional Victorian stories from Meakin the Butler.

Those who prefer spooky tales can enjoy Ghost Stories for Christmas told by the lady of the house on Friday and Saturday. The hall will be lit entirely by candlelight. Many more festive events will take place at the venue throughout December.

Jon Hogan, events manager for English Heritage in the north, said: “We have designed the festive events programme at Belsay to re-create a traditional Yuletide, exploring Christmas through the ages.

“Christmas is a particularly special time of year for Belsay as it was on Christmas Day in 1817 that Belsay’s ancestral family, the Middletons, moved into the home it had taken them over a decade to build and we are looking forward to celebrating another wonderful festive season at the property.”

For more information about the Christmas activities at Belsay Hall, including prices and how to book your place for the ghost stories event, telephone 01661 881636.