Christmas at Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo burial mound in the mist

Explore different magical worlds at Sutton Hoo this Christmas.

From a sunset Solstice tour of the royal burial mounds to a 1930s family Christmas in Mrs Pretty's house, from a walk in our wild woodland to a hot bowl of soup in our cafe away from the winter chill, there's something to spark the imagination or warm the cockles of everyone at Sutton Hoo this Christmas. 

Christmas decorations at Sutton Hoo
Sutton Hoo Christmas Fayre Decorations

A Pretty Family Christmas 

Every weekend, from 14 November to 20 December, be welcomed into Mrs Pretty's house by our 1930s Living History team and enjoy festive music performed around the fireplace by local choirs and musicians. 

For children, our 1930s toy room shows what Christmas used to look like. With rocking horses, dolls, bears, books and a working model train set, the whole family can see how much things have changed in the last 80 years.

Anglo Saxon Yule 

The Sutton Hoo story stretches back to the pre-Christian days of early England. As part of our Anglo-Saxon yuletide offer, try our Winter Solstice Talk and Walk with Time Team's Dr Sam Newton, on 19 and 20 December. Discover the significance of this time of year in the Anglo-Saxon calendar, and experience a tour of the burial mounds as the sun sets over the River Deben. 

For families, why not wrap up warm and get out and about with our Saxon Yule trail, exploring the landscape with facts about Anglo-Saxon beliefs and winter traditions. 

To celebrate this magical landscape, join us for our Tree Dressing on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December - write a wish, a happy thought or a poem for the new year and tie it to our spectacular holm oak. 

Eat and Shop

For the Anglo-Saxons, winter was a time of eating, drinking and making merry - not a lot has changed over the years! 

Treat yourself to a cup of tea or a bowl of hot soup in our cafe after a wild woodland walk, and get ahead of the game with some Christmas gifts from the unique collection in our shop. 

It wouldn't be Christmas without enjoying a Saxon Winter at Sutton Hoo.