We’ve been gearing up for Christmas since about August here at Quarry Bank, and what a Christmas it’s shaping up to be.
Once again we are hosting our Victorian Christmas, but with a few added extras this year.
In the Mill Yard you can meet costumed interpreters, buy some traditional sweets and warm yourself up with some mulled wine from the pantry. Make sure you pick up a hog roast roll as they’ll go quickly (I’ve had one at every event they’ve come to this year and can promise you won’t be disappointed!). On Sundays we will be visited by a Victorian Roast Chestnut Cart, and whilst we have no open fire, we do have a brazier for you to warm your hands by.
Up at the Apprentice House there are plenty of Victorian traditions to learn about. In the schoolrooms you’ll meet Miss Greg and learn all about what Christmas meant for the apprentices, whilst up in the dormitory you can play with Victorian toys. In the treatment room you’ll meet Doctor Holland who will be prescribing some traditional treatments for winter sniffles. Head to the parlour for some Victorian storytelling before sampling some delicious currant loaf and fruit punch in the kitchen.
Inside the Mill you can dress up like a Victorian and have your photograph taken in Grandmother’s parlour. Then the kids can try their hand at making some Christmas crafts. On Sunday 8th the Gallery Choir will be adding some extra ambience.
Father Christmas is visiting us again, and you can write your letter to him and pop it in the post box. Then you can meet Father Christmas and receive a traditional gift. Finally, and most excitingly, on Sunday 15th Father Christmas will let you meet his reindeer out on the Mill Meadow!
Our Victorian Christmas is on Saturday and Sunday the 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th and runs from 11am-3pm. You’ll need to buy yourself a ticket to get into the Mill and the Apprentice House (NT members go free as usual), but if you’re just coming to see Father Christmas then you only need to pay £3, and everything else is free to see!
We hope you can join us for this special event guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit!