Christmas at Sudbury Hall

Paper Chains in the long gallery

The 1960s were a decade of vivid colours, kitsch prints and of course the introduction of colour TV. This Christmas at Sudbury We'll be taking a playful alternative approach to Christmas, from monochrome to glorious technicolour...

Throughout the year we have been celebrating Sudbury Hall's 50th year with the National Trust by taking a step back to 1967. We've explored the challenges faced when taking on a property, from conservation to restoration, right down to the design and colour schemes!

This Christmas is the finale and we'll take you on a journey from the grey world of monochrome to the wild colours of the 1960s. Expect a playful alternative take on the festive season in our final 1960s hurrah. To make sure that everyones can enjoy the hall in its Christmas finery entry to the hall will be via timed tickets, just book at visitor reception on arrival.

Volunteers have been busy making groovy flowers
1960s paper flowers

Promenade Theatre

The Lost boys will be returning once again with their promenade performance of a Christmas Carol. Working with Sarah Gatford Ltd the whole performance has fully integrated BSL and amazingly all of the characters in the novel played by 3 actors, the audience are guided along Scrooge's journey by Dickens himself. Performances book up quickly so book sooner rather than later!

Get lost in a fairy tale with The Lost Boys
The lost boys theatre group performing

Wreath Making - Sorry Sold Out!

One tradition we have decided to keep for this year as we love to see everyone's amazing creations. Enjoy a hands-on workshop and learn to make your very own wreath using foliage collected locally. Please bring your own gardening/florist gloves and secateurs, all other materials will be provided. If you fancy bringing along some of your own ornaments for a bit of extra decoration you're more than welcome! Finish off with a warming coffee and a mince pie.

An alternative route

The Christmas route through the hall will also be a bit different to previous years, instead of heading up into the grandeur of the Long Gallery which will not be open during the Christmas period due to conservation reasons you'll be taken down into the underbelly of Sudbury and wind through the basements! A vibrant underworld of 1960s psychedelia...

Remember decorations like this?
a 1960s decoration

Thanks crafters!

Over October half-term lots of you helped us make the longest paper chain we've ever seen, we're hoping to use it to decorate the museum so come back and see if you can spot your bit!

Many of the decorations you see are made by our dedicated team of crafting volunteers who pitch in every year to help us get Christmas ready. As you can imagine they're getting some slightly more alternative requests than the usual!

A team of volunteers hard at work
volunteers making Christmas decorations