How the Victorians made Christmas

Visitors to Lanhydrock this December will enjoy a traditional Victorian Christmas. The formal gardens will be magically decorated for the first time, and a visit to the house will reveal how we have the Victorians to thank for many of the customs we celebrate at Christmas.

The Victorians revived old traditions, such as decorating homes with greenery and singing carols, and invented new ones, like crackers, decorating a Christmas tree and sending Christmas cards. You’ll find all these traditions and more celebrated inside Lanhydrock house, which has been beautifully decorated and atmospherically lit for the festive season.
 
Every day from 11am-4pm people can enjoy the ornately decorated real 10ft tree and a roaring fire in the beautiful setting of the Victorian front hall. 
 
 “We’ve transformed the downstairs reception rooms, nurseries and gallery with traditional decorations and lighting to show the beauty and magic of a Victorian Christmas, and this year enchanting decorations can also be found in the gardens”, says General Manager Rebecca Brookes-Sullivan.
 
The wider estate is the perfect setting for winter walks and bike rides, and visitors can warm up afterwards by perusing the shop for special gifts and enjoying festive food in the cosy restaurant.  Children can enjoy Christmas trails, crafts and a visit to Father Christmas. 
 
Lanhydrock will be open 1 December 2015 – 3rd January 2016, 11am – 4pm every day except Christmas Day. The house is open with selected rooms only.  A reduced winter admission fee applies, and members are free.
 
Father Christmas and crafts are available on 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December, £2 per child for Father Christmas, reduced winter admission fee applies and members are free. 
 
Telephone 01208 265950 for further details.