As the first Christmas cards begin to plop onto our doormat, I think I might be finding my festive mojo. Twitter has reminded me that there are some rather nice events coming up in Suffolk this weekend. We have done photoshoots at a couple of them over the past few years which I thought I would share with you, in case you fancy going along.
Kentwell Hall in Long Melford is famous for putting on historical re-enactments, one of which takes place each December. A Dickensian Christmas has all sorts of things going on including Victorian style theatre (with magicians, storytellers, comedians and singers) and a reading from ‘Charels Dickens’ himself, as he reads extracts from A Christmas Carol.
It’s great fun and very atmospheric. There’s a huge Christmas tree in the drawing room, were visitors can gather around for a festive sing-a-long and craft workshops take place throughout the weekend. Father Christmas is in his rustic cottage with a roaring fire and a sack full of gifts, ready to hand out to visiting children. Find out more on the Kentwell Hall website.
Another event, along a similar vein (different time period) takes place at Ickworth House, near Bury St Edmunds. One of my favourite National Trust properties, the house takes on a warm glow at this time of year as volunteers act out a 1930s Christmas. The downstairs kitchen is fragrant as Christmas biscuits bake in the oven, the scent of ginger, mixed spices and cloves filling the air. Further down the hallway, Father Christmas sits next to a gently lit tree, telling festive stories and handing out gifts from a huge wicker basket. The only light comes from the tree and children sit cross-legged in front of the man in red, hanging onto his every word. It’s quite magical!
The house is decorated for Christmas and as you wander through the Great Hall, you will come across the most glorious tree…
And wrapped gifts…
And even a statue wearing a bonnie festive hat….
Find out more on the National Trust Ickworth House website.