At Sewerby Hall and Gardens, the house has now been decorated in all its festive glory, and features the return of the popular exhibition, The Making of Christmas, 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 £3.80 for adults and £2.70 for children. A family ticket costs £12.
The gardens and Clock Tower CafÃ© are open daily from 9.30am, and the zoo is open daily from 10am. Admission to the gardens is free of charge until Friday, 25 March, 2022. Admission charges apply to the zoo. The grounds and the cafe will close each day at 3.30pm during the Sewerby Winter Woodland events from 3-23 December. The grounds will also be closed in the evenings to the general public during the Sewerby Winter Woodland events.
Full details can be found at www.sewerbyhall.co.uk