At Sewerby Hall and Gardens, the house has now been decorated in all its festive glory, and will feature the return of the popular exhibition, The Making of Christmas, from Saturday, 1 December, exploring how the Victorians adopted some ancient customs and grafted on some of their own to create what is now our idea of the perfect Christmas.
Curator Janice Smith explains: "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, yet have you ever considered who put all these ideas together? This exhibition will give you the answers."
The house is open at weekends only during the winter season, from 11.30am - 3.30pm (last admission 3pm). Admission is £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children. A family ticket costs £11.
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.
'The Weekend of Christmas' will be held at Sewerby Hall and Gardens on the weekend of 1 and 2 December, with a wide range of festive events. Admission charges to the estate will apply.
Full details of all the Christmas events at Sewerby Hall and Gardens can be found at www.sewerbyhall.co.uk