The gift of giving: Christmas at Greys Court
Join us this festive season at Grey's Court whilst we celebrate the anniversary of the gift of Greys Court to the nation, and the gift of giving. With seasonal collection pieces to look out for, and the possibility of some scrumptious tasters in the kitchen, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained. Christmas will be in the House from Saturday 23 Nov until Monday 6 Jan 2020.
Christmas around the house
The mansion at Greys Court will be decorated in every room this festive season, with real fir trees, thousands of twinkling lights and collection pieces on display.
In various rooms around the house look out for copies of original, family, Christmas photographs of the Brunners, which are brought out of the archives just for Christmas. You can also wander at the beautifully created Laurence Irving calendars, placed around the house, that he used to give as gifts to the Brunner family every Christmas.
The stunning glassware in the dining room is only on display during the festive season as well. This would have been the set they used for entertaining in this season, and at Christmas dinner.
Over the picture of Sir John Brunner in the school room, look out for a Father Christmas hat sitting on top. The Brunner boys used to do this every year when they were young boys, having some festive, mischievous fun.
Baking in the kitchen at Christmas
As a former chairman of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Lady Brunner was enthusiastic when it came to home-made food, and this was certainly no different during the Christmas season.
Each week during December the wonderful house volunteers will be baking a different Christmas recipe in the kitchen of the main house. There will be copies of these original Lady Brunner recipes available for visitors to take home from the kitchen, and there may even be some delightful tasters on offer as well.
This year we're hosting candelight tours of the mansion, where you can explore the house at Greys Court in the subdued light of candles with our expert guides and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies in the kitchen.
Tours will run every Thursday in December, with tickets £20 each, bookable online.
Christmas dinners in the Cowshed tea-room
Treat yourself to a festive 2 course dinner in the café. Booking online is essential, and worth it, for a traditional Polseden Lacey bred turkey dinner with all the trimmings. There's portion sizes for little ones, too!