Christmas traditions from the past in the North West

Experience four different Christmas celebrations at four special places in the North West and discover how traditions from their past have shaped the festivities we enjoy today. Sample hot spiced drinks at the table of a Tudor feast, have a go at making a Georgian-inspired ‘stir up pudding, or learn some Regency dance routines.

Marchpane with xmas trees

Tudor Yuletide celebrations at Little Moreton Hall

Begin your journey in the Tudor period at Little Moreton Hall. Start your visit with a warm spiced drink and ginger biscuit while you explore the dazzling Yuletide decorations. At the weekends, the Great Hall will come to life with live music, choir singing, storytelling and jesters: a fitting way to honour the grandeur of a Tudor Christmas.

Christmas decorations inside the house at Lyme

A Regency Christmas re-lived at Lyme

Experience what Christmas would've been like during the time of Lyme's Regency owner, Thomas Legh. Spending time and celebrating with your nearest and dearest was top of the list, as well as enjoying parties. Get in the festive spirit with your family and friends with choral performances or take to the dance floor as Regency Rejigged lead the way with 17th century choreography.

Child making stir up pudding in the Apprentice House at Christmas

A rags and ritches Georgian Christmas at Quarry Bank

See what a Georgian Christmas was like for both the cotton mill workers and the mill-owning Greg family. In the Apprentice House families can try their hand at making ‘stir up pudding' while at Quarry Bank House, visitors will be greeted as guests at a slightly more decadent festive gathering.

Victorian Christmas tree trimming at Speke Hall

Decking the hall Victorian-style at Speke

Experience a Christmas past as close to the one we celebrate today with carols, festive trees and traditional games at Speke's Victorian Christmas. Take in the sight and smell of Christmas as handmade garlands decorate the ground floor, have a go at making sugar mice, listen to carols or play some traditional family games.