Christmas Past at Speke Hall

Christmas in a country house is a very special time and this year we're stepping back in time to revisit some of Speke's most lavish Christmas celebrations. Join us for fun, feasting and festivities.

We haven't lost any of the old Victorian traditions. The outdoors comes indoors as we decorate all the rooms and corridors on the ground floor with huge handmade greenery garlands. It wouldn't be Christmas without a tree and the high ceilings in the Great Hall make it the perfect place for one. Even the servants quarters get spruced up, albeit in slightly less glamorous style - think paper chains instead of baubles.

If you want to experience this magical time of year for yourself, come along on the weekends of 30 November & 1 December and 7 & 8 and 14 & 15 December. We're open from 10.30am to 4pm and in the afternoons there'll be lots of extra activities and festive fun taking place in the house from 12.30pm. Listen to carols at Home Farm, try out sugar mice making (bonus points if you manage not to eat the mouse before you're back at the car!) and solve the Christmas trails inside and out. There's so much going on that we can't list it all here! Check back soon for a What's On leaflet to help you plan your day.

Father and Mrs Christmas will be here in the Grotto between 11am and 3.30pm on all of those dates but it's prebooked tickets only so grab yours now! If you've prebooked, please make sure you're here in time.

Speke will also be open on Fridays 29 November and 6 & 13 December for a more peaceful way to enjoy the festivities. Soak up the atmosphere in the beautifully decorated hall, chat to the team of wonderful volunteers who create the decorations and enjoy winter walks around the grounds. As this is a quieter version of our Christmas Past event weekends, some elements such as the Grotto will not be taking place on Fridays. If you're bringing the family and want lots of activities to entertain your little ones, please join us at the weekends instead!

Home Farm will be getting into the holiday spirit too. The shop will be full of goodies for anyone who hasn't finished present shopping yet and the festive menu in the restaurant is a definite must. If you're in the mood for a stroll, why not pick up a hot wrap or cup of tea from the restaurant stalls and warm your hands while you enjoy a winter walk around the grounds?

If your days are full at that time of year but you're looking for an evening activity instead then why not book some tickets for one of our Evenings of Festive Music? Wonderful local choirs will be performing carol concerts in the Great Hall on 4, 5 & 6 December. Explore the ground floor, take a seat in the atmospheric Great Hall and really get into the Christmas spirit. Mince pies and hot drinks will be served after the performance as an extra treat.

We've also got a new festive evening experience in 2019. Don't be alarmed at the ticking of old clocks or darkening shadows around the hall: take a seat in the Great Hall and take part in the Victorian tradition of ghost stories in the winter. The Lady in Black will be sharing some of her most spine-chilling stories from historic houses around the land in Ghost Stories at Christmas on 12 & 13 December.