Christmas has arrived at Ormesby Hall
You will be able to soak up the Christmas atmosphere in this NEW experience at Ormesby Hall, as it's the first time ever the house will be open for Christmas festivities. See the past come alive at Ormesby Hall this Christmas, as the main hall is themed on the Pennyman family tradition of hosting a servant's Christmas party.
Downstairs in the hall the rooms will be decorated with the Christmas theme carrying on upstairs and into the servant's wing, where you can join in with the festive preparations in the Kitchen.
A warm and friendly welcome
Every weekend from Saturday 2 until Sunday 17 December from 11am - 3.15pm you can come inside and experience this historic house in Middlesbrough dressed for Christmas.
As you enter the Entrance Hall you are welcomed by the wintery scent of the large decorated Christmas tree as the servants welcomes you with a tipple of sherry or elderflower water on arrival. The Entrance Hall is set for the servant's Christmas party, which was hosted by the Pennyman family for their staff. Listen to the Christmas music playing and have a dance, or children can dress up in front of the tree as a servant for a photo oppurtunity. Then head into the Library to see our book tree twinkling with battery candles.
Throughout the house there are traditional decorations used from our very own garden, as the Pennyman's once did, and there is the chance to view Ruth and Jim Pennyman's colourful Christmas decorations they used to decorate their tree years ago.
The Dining Room table will be prepared to welcome the family for dinner in this grand room, watched over by the family portraits.
Upstairs is a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the ante room, which has been decorated with glass baubles on loan from National Trust Mottisfont and Mrs Pennyman has her party dress laid out ready on her bed.
In the servants wing you can join the Cook and mould some salt dough into a festive creation to take home and add to the ever growing paper chain in the laundry.
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 woods.
In the stables courtyard there will Christmas trees for sale, and being surrounded by real Christmas trees really gets you into the Christmas mood.
Then pay 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. Make sure you visit our small shop to pick up a Christmas decoration or gift.
If you're looking for a last minute gift or something different to get a loved one, then purchase them a gift membership at Ormesby Hall and receive the membership wrapped up in a Christmas themed hamper.