The darker days of autumn do not mean that Sewerby Hall and Gardens are any less active – there is still plenty going on at the venue.
Sewerby Hall itself has been stunningly decorated for Christmas and is fragrant with bedecked Christmas trees, festooned with garlands of greenery and twinkling with candles and fairy lights.
The house also includes the return of the popular exhibition, 'The Making of Christmas', which explores 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). However, the house will also be open between Christmas and New Year, on 27 and 28 December. Admission charges to the house apply.
The Gardens are open all year round, however (only closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day) and admission is free during the winter months, perfect for a stroll through the beautiful gardens in their clifftop location. The Clock Tower Café is also open, serving a range of hot and cold refreshments.
The Orangery will also be hosting concerts - solo cellist Christina Waldock on 9 December, and Rat Pack vocalist Frank Martin will be appearing on 16 December.
With Monday morning sessions for young visitors – the Sewerby Squirrels; the Café Chat on 10 December about Christmas Past; and the zoo open every day with daily feeding times for the lemurs, coatis, and the ever popular penguins, there is plenty happening this month. (Admission to the zoo is £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children, or £11 for a family ticket.)
For full details, visit www.sewerbyhall.co.uk