Celebrate a 1920-30s Christmas at Upton

Dining room table at Christmas in crystal and silver

If you’re looking for something a little different this Christmas, Upton House has the answer with a festive calendar of events and the chance to see first hand how the new owners in the 1920s created a Christmas family home perfectly in keeping with the arrival of the jazz era.

In 1927, Lord and Lady Bearsted purchased Upton House near Banbury and set about turning it into a comfortable and desirable country home. This Christmas, you can follow the renovations they made and witness the before and after transformation as they set about creating a ‘made to measure’ Christmas.

Christmas tree on left with mother and daughter walking by, fireplace behind

Festive Family Trail and special guest

From 7 December, families can follow our Christmas trail to discover the fun of a 1920s Christmas and meet a special guest. Buy your tickets when you book your timed entry to the house at the Land Agent's hut in the shop courtyard. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Visitors to the house will be able to draw inspiration from 1920s house and garden experts with hints and tips cards placed in four of the main rooms. The partitions in the long gallery have also been removed to show how it would have looked once Lord and Lady Bearsted had settled in.

Art Deco highlights in the house include the crystal and silver dining room and a department store feature upstairs, complete with a 1920s Christmas window display.