Christmas at Ormesby Hall

The bright Christmas tree in the Dining Room

Get into the festive spirit this winter with a visit to the house at Ormesby Hall. This year enjoy a new experience as we celebrate the importance of angels and Christmas time with angel themed decorations. From Saturday 23 November to Sunday 22 December you can see the house decorated with an angelic tour, so come inside and soak up the Christmas atmosphere and discover Christmas in this historic house in Middlesbrough.

A NEW welcome this Christmas

Experience a new way to enter the house this winter, as you are welcomed into the servants side entrance and greeted with a tipple of spiced apple or mulled wine, with juice for the litte ones. This entrance has never been open to visitors before, so make the most of seeing this new space before you enter the mansion.

The Victorian Kitchen also offers a new experience with the newly repaired stove being lit to warm up the room for the Father Christmas experience on weekends and on Mondays we shall be baking fresh scones or bread on the stove, with samples to share.

See the paper angel decorations adorn the Christmas tree in the entrance hall
Christmas tree decorated in the entrance hall
See the paper angel decorations adorn the Christmas tree in the entrance hall


Christmas highlights

The new entrance offers a new area to see, which includes the water pump control. As you enter the mansion twinkling Christmas trees will be there to greet you as you start your festive journey.

Throughout the house there are Christmas decorations, from Christmas trees to greenery from the grounds, collected as the Pennyman family once did, all with an angelice touch. The volunteer team are making handmade paper chains, knitted angels and angel book decorations.

Make a Christmas wish on the angel wishing tree
Family added a Christmas wish to the Christmas tree
Make a Christmas wish on the angel wishing tree

Upstairs are more Christmas trees, adorning the gallery and ante room, along with the new addition of an angel wish tree, where you can hang your Christmas wish.

Relax by the fire pit in the festively decorated courtyard this winter
Shiny gold baubles hanging across the courtyard
Relax by the fire pit in the festively decorated courtyard this winter

Christmas food and beverages

Warm up with a visit to the cosy servant's hall tea-room for some warm soup, glass of mulled wine and mince pie. Or warm up with a hot chocolate full of marshmallows, pot of tea or latte and piece of cake. If you want a more wintry setting then sit in the courtyard beside the warm fire and Christmas lights.

First mince pie of the season
Mince pies
First mince pie of the season

Christmas shopping

Discover that perfect Christmas gift in the shop. You’ll find a range of homeware, scarves, throws, garden items and children’s toys and more in the new shop. Don’t miss the Christmas products with decorations, Christmas food and gift ideas for loved ones.

Unsure what to buy someone this Christmas then how about a gift that lasts all year round and gives them free entry to over 500 special places. Whether they love exploring historic houses and castles, cycling through the countryside or walking along the coast, National Trust membership is a gift to be enjoyed all year round.

Christmas food and drink for sale in the shop

Make the most of your visit this winter

Wrap up warm and go for a stroll through the gardens to see the bare trees in their winter glory and make a Christmas creation in the mud pie kitchen. The parkland is the perfect setting for a winter walk to stretch your legs further or for a family bike ride through the wintry woods.

Planning your visit

Normal admission applies to visit the house, garden and tea-room this Christmas:   

Gift aid Adult: £5.70 / Child: £3.00 / Family: £14.00                                                              

 National Trust members and under 5s are free entry

Please follow brown signs for the coach park to park this winter, postcode TS7 9AS

We look forward to welcoming you this Christmas to Ormesby Hall