Winter at Ormesby Hall

The back of Ormesby Hall showing the trees and plants in winter with no flowers or leaves

Winter has arrived and with the shorter days there is more need to make the most of the daylight, so wrap up warm and enjoy all that winter has to offer.

When to visit

  • The house, garden and tea-room are open for Christmas every Sunday and Monday, from Sunday 25 November – Monday 17 December, 11am – 4pm. (last entry at 3pm)
  • From Tuesday 18 December Ormesby Hall will be closed for winter, but the estate is still open for walking.
  • The house, garden and tea-room reopen for the 2019 season on Sunday 10th February, every Sunday – Thursday.


A walk through winter

Pull on your wellies, wrap up warm and blow away the cobwebs and enjoya frosty winter walk. The trees may have lost their foliage, but the views across the estate really stand out on a crisp day allowing the hall to be seen from different viewpoints. Walking on over 200 acres of the Ormesby Hall estate can be accessed seven days a week for people to enjoy the peace of winter.

Winter cleaning

During winter, the conservation team carry out essential work for the long term care of the building and collection. Some of furniture is covered with dustsheets after the woodwork has been dusted with conservation brushes and textiles hoovered. Once objects have been dusted they are covered with an acid-free tissue paper to avoid further dust settling, as dust can be very abrasive to the surfaces, causing damage. The house and collection is then put to bed for the winter months, with each room in the house being given a deep clean ready for the new year ahead. The team clean one room at a time, floor to ceiling using specialist conservation brushes to remove the dust and a hoover to collect the dust. The rooms are also inspected for damage and to see if any little pests have moved in.

See new spring bulbs in the garden

In 2017 visitors helped plant 2000 snowdrop bulbs and in November 2018 the garden team have planted 2000 crocus bulbs under the copper beech tree and 4000 colourful tulips bulbs in the flower beds. All these spring bulbs are getting ready to emerge as springtime approaches, so during your visit this winter look out for the whites of the snowdrops, the purples of crocuses and the bright colours of the tulips and of course the sunny yellow of the daffodils, which appeared as early as February in 2018.

February half term: Once upon a Book

Open Sunday 17 February - Sunday 24 February (Sundays - Thursdays) for the local school holidays, families can follow the classic books trail through the house. Can you find the three little pigs or little red riding hood? Share your love of books and come dressed as your favourite character and join us for storytelling and crafts.