Christmas is an evocative time of the year, and especially so here at Barrington Court. The house has stood here for over four hundred years, and during that time many people will have celebrated and contemplated this season.
Colonel Lyle restored the house and garden in the 1920’s and three generations of his family lived here, entertaining and celebrating Christmas with friends and relations. We welcome you to come along with your friends and family as we continue the seasonal tradition of jolly mid-winter merriment.
The decorated house and garden
For one weekend in November 26 and 27, and three weekends in December 3 - 18, the court house will be transformed, and presented with a flavour of a 1920’s family Christmas. All of the ground floor rooms and some upstairs will be adorned with lots of twinkling white lights. Inventive, dramatic and stylish seasonal arrangements and room sets will complement the warm wooden panelling, intricate carving, and ancient ham stone.
The garden may be sleeping but its winter beauty will showcase the work of Jo Sadler, a very talented local willow artist. Jo’s sculptures perfectly complement our decorative theme, her instinctive use of willow to create fluid animal shapes are original and truly beautiful. You will see many pieces of her work as you make your way from visitor reception through the garden to the court house.
Sing, dance and be merry
On the 26 and 27 November you can come along and preview the decorations, and on the following three weekends in December there will be a super programme of activities to drop in and experience. There’s something to amuse and entertain all of the family in many rooms of the house.
You can play with old fashioned games; make jigsaws and paperchains or read story books. There will be a festive children’s craft activity and a paper aeroplane competition up in the long gallery, as well as vintage working model railway sets to see too.
Music and singing will bring the house alive and echo throughout. There will be a variety of choirs and folk musicians, bell ringing and dulcimer playing. Where there’s music there has to be dancing and with a marvellous sprung dance floor in the great hall, there will be an extra spring in everyone’s step. You may be entertained by Morris dancing groups or have the chance to join in with an expertly led historical dance session. All the fun and activities take place throughout the December weekends and you can drop in any time.
Memories are made of this…
Do you recall a particularly memorable Christmas or have a story to tell? We’d love you to share your thoughts, wishes and reminiscences with us, in our memory room before you leave and make new ones this year.
A chance to visit Father Christmas
You’ll find the big man tucked away in his snuggly study and in-between his busy schedule he’d love to meet you. This is a once a year opportunity to meet Father Christmas face to face here at Barrington court, so have you been naughty or nice this year? He’s a very convivial chap and loves to chat, and each child that books to see him will receive a lovely gift too.
He’s got lots of people to see and booking is essential. Once you’ve made your appointment the elves will send out your special ticket with all the information and details you need. £9 per child. NOW SOLD OUT Click here for details of how to book.
Having fun is hungry work and this year we are offering a scrumptious festive tea for you to enjoy in our elegant dining and tea room.
Why not make your day out in to a memorable occasion and special treat? The festive tea includes a delicious selection of savoury and sweet festive fancies, such as dainty homemade sandwiches, scones, pastries and hot drinks, all beautifully presented and brought to your table. £12 per head and booking is essential. NOW SOLD OUT Click here for details of how to book.