On the trail of Christmas

English Heritage has just unveiled its biggest ever winter events programme. Inc Belsay in snow
English Heritage has just unveiled its biggest ever winter events programme. Inc Belsay in snow

VISITORS to Belsay Hall can look forward to uncovering the little known facts of the festive season in a series of special Christmas trails.

The activity, which runs until Sunday, December 18, is specially designed for little ones to learn some intriguing festive facts.

Christmas baubles featuring all the information will be placed around the site, with festive treats available for anyone who takes part in the trails.

Caroline Sinclair from English Heritage said: “It’s a little known fact that the Middleton family of Belsay moved into the Hall on Christmas Day back in 1817, as is the fact that once upon a time, roast beef was the Christmas delicacy of choice for Northerners.

“Here at English Heritage, we’re encouraging people to come to Belsay and celebrate a traditional Christmas with us.”

Other events are being held at the attraction in the run up to the festive season, including the chance to meet a Victorian Father Christmas this weekend.

He will be telling famous yuletide stories and poems.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy tales of Christmases past from Heuristics with their performances of Victorian Christmas traditions.

This will take place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Entry is £7.50 for adults, £6.80 for concessions, £4.50 for children and £19.50 for a family ticket. English Heritage members and under fives go free.

On Friday and Saturday evening, come along to Belsay Hall’s library for a series of Victorian-inspired ghost stories told by the gentleman of the house in the darkness.

The event for adults starts at 7.30pm and pre-booking for it is essential.

Tickets are £7 for adults and £6 concessions.

For English Heritage members they are £6 for adults and £5 concessions.

For more information and to make a booking, telephone 01661 881636.