There is plenty coming up at Sewerby Hall and Gardens in December.
The house has been decorated in all its festive glory, and it will feature the return of the popular exhibition, The Making of Christmas, which explores how the Victorians adopted some ancient customs to what is now our idea of the perfect Christmas.
Curator Janice Smith explained: “The idea of Christmas evokes scenes of jolly old Santa and perfectly wrapped presents; a cosy room with a log fire burning brightly; a scented fir tree laden with baubles and twinkling lights; Christmas dinner; crackers; Christmas cards from all your friends; a kiss under the mistletoe and so on.”
The events team at Sewerby Hall and Gardens have also finalised their plans for The Weekend of Christmas.
Taking place over the first weekend in December, the weekend will include husky sled rides, brand new Rusticus Theatre Arts’ Nutcracker Adventures, and traditional carol concerts from Buckrose Concert Band and the New International Chamber Ensemble, all complemented by seasonal face painting and a display by the York Birds of Prey Centre.
There will also be children’s activities in the house hosted by the council’s museum team, alongside seasonal workshop sessions in the zoo.
Facility manager, Marie Gascoigne said: “I hope that people will want to come and sample The Weekend of Christmas. The house will look stunning, and all the activities will add up to a great weekend of festive fun, with something for every member of the family!”
The gardens and Clock Tower Café are open daily from 9.30am, and the zoo is open daily from 10am. Admission to the gardens is free of charge until Friday, 29 March, 2019. Admission charges apply to the zoo.
Full details of all the Christmas events at Sewerby Hall and Gardens can be found at www.sewerbyhall.co.uk.