The Lord of Misrule returns to Montacute House

Morris dancer sticks being held aloft

Once met, never forgotten! Between 20 December and 1 January, the Lord of Misrule once again invites you to join him for impish evenings of upturned mischief-making and convivial feasting.

No two days will be the same with the Lord of Misrule presiding over the celebrations, as he would have done in Christmases past. He will be popping up everywhere and anywhere, telling stories and spreading mischief. You can visit his courtroom to sit on his throne, or make your own masks to be ready to join his parade at 5pm.

The stables courtyard will be adorned in strings of lights – fire pits will be blazing and the smell of mulled wine and festive food will fill the air. You'll be entertained with archaic ensemble displays and performances.

There will also be the rare chance to see the ground floor of Montacute House in the dark and lit by candle light, dressed for a traditional winter's feast amidst a masquerade ball.

The revelries are each evening between 3pm and 6pm and normal admission prices apply.

While the Lord of Misrule is presiding, there will be a restricted number of guided tours to show visitors some of the highlights of the collection in the rest of the house, including the Long Gallery. The tours, at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm, will last approx 40 minutes; numbers are limited and it will be on a first come, first basis.