Christmas in The Workhouse

A box of oranges bearing Xmas messages from The Workhouse

An orange in your stocking? It’s often the final thing you might find in the toe of your Christmas stocking but for Workhouse children an orange was a once a year treat and their only present. Given by a generous local donor in 1881 this rare treat and demonstration of kindness was not the only thing that made Christmas special for paupers.

Hear more from Workhouse characters about why Christmas provided relief from the monotonous daily routine. Sing along with the pauper choir as they accompany a local brass band in the rendition of traditional carols.

Why not fill your Christmas stockings with children's crafts made at our evening event? Or just soak up the atmosphere as the building takes on a seasonal feel, decorated as it would have been in times past with foliage picked from the local hedgerows.

The Victorian Workhouse Christmas event 2016 is now sold out. Apologies for any disappointment.