Trust your local stately homes to celebrate in style
THE houses are being decorated and the mince pies baked as the National Trust prepares for a magical Christmas at its venues in Derbyshire.
From carol concerts to festive food and craft fairs, the Trust's places across Derbyshire are ready for their Christmas celebrations. Many of the Trust's houses will be decorated as they would have been at key moments in their past and younger visitors will be able to say hello to a very special visitor – Father Christmas.
Cafés and tea rooms will serve mince pies and other seasonal goodies and, for those that feel they have over-indulged over the holidays, there are some wonderful winter walks in the surrounding countryside to enjoy.
Beccy Speight, regional director of the National Trust in the Midlands, said: "Christmas is a time when the spirit of our special places really comes to life.
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"Experiencing Christmas as it would have been not only allows us to share the memories of the past, but also creates new memories that will hopefully last a lifetime and connect a new generation with the amazing places we're so fortunate to care for here in Derbyshire. Whatever you love about Christmas, we hope you'll join our celebrations."
If you want to visit Santa Claus he will be popping in to several venues.
You can have breakfast with the man himself at Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood on December 1, 2, 8 and 9. Charge applies and booking required.
He will be in his grotto at Calke Abbey at weekends from December 1-23. His grotto will also be open at Kedleston Hall on December 1,2, 8 and 9.
For a glimpse into the past, visit Calke Abbey, where the house and grounds will be illuminated for Christmas and the servants' hall set out as it would have been during Christmas lunch. Calke is open at weekends from December 1-23.
Hardwick Hall, meanwhile, will be celebrating with a 1930s house party, with illuminated gardens and stableyard on Saturdays and Sundays between December 1 and 16.
Kedleston goes Edwardian on December 1,2, 8 and 9. And Sudbury Hall will be decorated for a Regency Christmas, with scenes recreated from Georgiana Vernon's diary, from December 1 to 9.
For more information and the full programme of festive events, visit the Trust website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlandschristmas