Houses decorated for Christmas in the East

Our houses are all dressed up for Christmas in the East of England. Take in the sounds and scents of the festive season and learn about the traditions of some of the interesting characters that once called these places home.

1960's Christmas at Anglesey Abbey

Winter in an English Country House at Anglesey Abbey 

From 11 December, step back in time to experience winter in Lord Fairhaven’s household, focusing on preparations for Christmas and his interest in country sports.

Long Gallery at Christmas

The house will be decorated at Blickling 

Blickling will be decorated and open on 1-3 and 8-10 December, with seasonal floral designs throughout. Costumed interpretation will portray how Christmas may have been spent and the cooks will be rustling up some treats in the 1930s kitchen.

Visitors participating in a Christmas craft activity

A Victorian Christmas at Flatford 

Step back in time and experience Valley Farm decorated for a Victorian Christmas. You can also enjoy warming festive food in the tea room, discover gifts for family and friends in the shop or get creative with some festive crafts.

Three Living History re-enactors in the Ickworth basement

Christmas below stairs at Ickworth 

Will the hall boy get his special present? Why is the cook in such a bad mood? Who has been at the sherry? The servants’ basement is full of activity as staff from kitchen maids to the housekeeper are busy making sure everything is festive for the 4th Marquess and Marchioness.

A bottle of sherry and glasses on a tray in front of the Christmas tree

A Victorian Christmas at Oxburgh 

Come and see the ground floor rooms of Oxburgh Hall and the King's Room decorated for a Bedingfeld family Christmas. Uncover the history of Christmas traditions, be greeted by Victorian house staff and enjoy the sights, scents and sounds that fill the air this festive season.

Marchpane with xmas trees

A Tudor Christmas at Paycocke's 

Discover this stunning Tudor merchant’s house at Christmas and see it dressed as Thomas Paycocke might have enjoyed it in 1517. Try Tudor delicacies and pick up some beautiful gifts whilst you're here.

Child decorating a Christmas tree

A community affair at Peckover 

Selected rooms of Peckover House will be decorated for Christmas with festive floral arrangements. Enjoy Christmas trees brought in by community groups, reflecting and continuing the Peckovers’ legacy of involvement in the community, and music by local choirs and musicians.

Visitors admiring the Grand Dining table at a Wimpole Christmas

Christmas at Wimpole 

Celebrate Christmas at Wimpole with seasonal music, singing, food, decorations, walks and craft activities. Wimpole Hall opens several of its stunning show rooms, bedecked in Christmas decorations while the basements are more humbly decorated.

Thank you

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

Season's greetings and a heart felt thank you from all of us. Your support is helping us care for special places like this, for ever, for everyone.