Celebrate Christmases Past in Nottinghamshire

Family visitors at Speke Hall, Liverpool, at Christmas.

Before we start looking ahead to 2017, Nottinghamshire heritage attractions are inviting us back in time to celebrate Christmas time the good old fashioned way!

Victorian Christmas Extravaganza at the Framework Knitters Museum

The cosy Victorian cottages will be brought to life with lanterns, Christmas carols, a traditional barrel organ and a roaring fire for toasting crumpets and chestnuts. Children can even visit Father Christmas in his grotto and and knit their own Christmas stocking using the hand-powered knitting machines and the help of the museum’s volunteers.


12 Days of Christmas at Hardwick Hall

Find two 20ft Christmas trees in the grand Entrance Hall of the incredible Elizabethan Manor and catch a glimpse of a 1930’s cocktail party in the Dining Room, inspired by Duchess Evelyn, the ‘Last Lady of Hardwick’.



A Very Victorian White Christmas D H Lawrence Birthplace Museum 

The perfectly preserved Victorian miner’s cottage will be filled with traditional decorations that the Lawrence family would have dreamed of! Children will also be able to have their wishes granted by the visiting Christmas Fairy.



A Victorian Christmas at Southwell Workhouse

It’s the most cheerful time of year at the workhouse. See the building decked with foliage gathered from the gardens, watch the inmates preparing for the festive season and even hear the pauper choir and brass band raising their spirits with a song or two. Children can also have a go at creating their own handmade stocking fillers, paper lanterns, decorations and Christingle oranges.



Cassandra’s Christmas House Tour at Wollaton Hall

Discover a Georgian Christmas inside the stunning Wollaton Hall, through former mistress of the mansion, Cassandra Willoughby.



Christmas Steaming Extravaganza at Nottingham Industrial Museum

Meet Santa in the 17th century stable block over hot drinks and mince pies and see the Basford Beam Engine in full steam in all its glory.


For the full list of Christmassy happenings in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, visit the Christmas page on our website.





Posted on 29 November 2016
Featured author: Jessie

Nottingham native and fan of all things music, arts and animal related.

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