Tinsel and Tweed at Anglesey Abbey
Step back in time to the 1960s, as Anglesey Abbey invites you to enjoy Christmas. Revel in festive smells and glitzy vintage decorations throughout the Domestic Wing whilst the rest of the House will be dressed-to-impress for his Lordship’s Christmas celebrations. Celebrate the festivities with us at Anglesey Abbey between Saturday 30 November - Sunday 5 January 2020.
Entry to the House is by pre-booked timed ticket only. Normal property admission applies. Tickets can be pre-booked online by clicking the link below or by calling the NT Box Office using the below telephone number. Please note that the time on your ticket denotes your window of entry to the House, and once inside please feel free to take your time as you soak up the festive atmosphere.
To book, use the links below or call the National Trust Box Office on 0344 249 1895.
What to expect
The Living Room
Step into the Living Room to find Lord Fairhaven’s tea table set to welcome guests into his home. When staying over, guests would have been welcomed with afternoon tea on a Friday and stay for a weekend shooting.
The Oak Room boasts a cosy, intimate space to relax. Guests would typically have been welcomed in here for after dinner drinks, and maybe a cigar. Inside you will be greeted by a Christmas tree decorated with warm golden lights, tweed bows and traditional dried orange decorations. Beneath, discover the types of gifts Lord Fairhaven would have given out to friends and family from the Fortnum & Mason catalogue, including hampers full of festive goodies.
Got time to pause? Have a game of cards whilst sitting by the fire or take a peak into what Lord Fairhaven had delivered in the mail.
The Newmarket Corridor holds Lord Fairhaven’s personal bedroom and Library. On your way into the House you won’t be able to miss the Christmas tree, decorated with bright lights. Lord Fairhaven had the best view in the House when it came to this tree, with it placed directly outside his bedroom window.
Uncover what Lord Fairhaven would have worn for a day of shooting in the winter, and what his guests have brought with them for a stay at Anglesey Abbey.
The Library was used by Lord Fairhaven for more than one purpose. It was a key place for entertaining, and a fabulous backdrop for a Salty Dog cocktail, made from gin and grapefruit juice! It was also used as an office for his judicial duties, whilst his secretary was busy at work in the Business Room. Listen carefully and you might just hear the rattle of the typewriter!
This grand space will be decorated for an evening’s entertainment, with a decorated Christmas tree, Christmas cards on display and garlands. Sit back and read a book from our book barrow by the fire whilst listening to the carol service from the Kings College choir.
Continuing the recent theme of Lord Fairhaven’s wardrobe, the Upper Gallery will showcase Lord Fairhaven’s winter wardrobe in greater detail. See his ice skates, tweed suits and fur coats; he always dressed his best for any occasion.
Tapestry Hall and Dining Room
Marvel at the feature display of china, silver and silver guilt that Lord Fairhaven would have used whilst entertaining guests in the Tapestry Hall cabinets.
Reds and golds will decorate the Christmas tree at the base of the stairs, which will be the tallest tree in the whole House. Can you imagine what it was like to be a guest of Lord Fairhaven’s?
The Dining Room table will be set for tea, with traditional festive displays as well as the more contemporary decorations from Fortnum & Mason, similarly to how Lord Fairhaven would have presented it to guests.
Have a go at setting your own formal table in this room, complete with glasses and folded napkins.
When you step into the Domestic Wing, expect to be greeted by the sound of Christmas music, the smell of baking and the buzz of Christmas preparations. Decorated in a 1960’s style with garlands, paperchains and tinsel, this space was once occupied by the staff that kept Lord Fairhaven’s household running.
There’s plenty to get involved with; dress up as the butler in the Butler’s Pantry and learn more about the staff who worked here. There’s silver that needs polishing, food needs to be checked on in the Scullery, and there’s more decorations to help make in the Servant’s Hall.
Share the magic
Have you visted Anglesey Abbey this festive period? Share your snaps with us on social media using the hashtag #AATinselAndTweed
Festive Family Fun
Daily | 10am - 3pm
Our top tips for your festive visit
- Don't rush. Please don't feel like you need to be there for the start of your time slot. Your timed ticket window is just a guideline of when you are able to enter the House.
- Prams and buggies. Due to the nature of the House, prams and buggies must be stored before entering. There is a buggy locker system located near to the toilets by the House, which can be operated using an old £1 coin or token. (If you need to borrow a coin, please speak to a member of the team on the front door).
- Don't forget your token! In order to gain access to the House, your pre-booked tickets must be exchanged for a token at Visitor Reception. This allows us to keep track of the amount of people joining in with the festive spirit.
- Share your snaps. Have you visited Anglesey Abbey this Christmas? Share your photographs with us using the hashtag #AATinselAndTweed.