Visitors to Belsay Hall can get into the Christmas spirit by uncovering the little known facts of the festive season in a series of special seasonal trails.
The Christmas Fact Finding Trails will run from November 19 until December 18 at the English Heritage property and are specially designed for little ones to learn some intriguing festive facts.
Christmas baubles featuring all the facts will be placed around the site, with seasonal treats available for anyone who takes part.
Caroline Sinclair, from English Heritage, said: “It’s a little known fact that the Middleton family of Belsay moved into the hall on Christmas Day back in 1817, as is the fact that once upon a time, roast beef was the Christmas delicacy of choice for northerners.
“Here at English Heritage, we’re encouraging people to come to Belsay and celebrate a traditional Christmas with us. Now is the perfect time of year to discover all those historical festive facts and with an exciting series of events also planned, English Heritage really does offer something to suit every taste.”
Visitors to Belsay can also take a delightful trip back to days gone by to meet a very traditional Victorian Father Christmas on November 26-27. Heart-warming yuletide tales and poems recited by old St Nicholas will keep children mesmerised.
For any brave adults, the ghosts of festivities past will be awakened on November 25-26 as visitors are invited to gather in the library for the chilling Ghost Stories for Christmas event. The gentleman of the house will perform these terrifying tales under candlelight.
Whilst preparations for Christmas are in full swing, visitors are also invited to join Belsay’s head gardener on December 10 for a new winter tour of the magnificent gardens and an inspirational master class on creating festive wreaths.
Belsay will also welcome for the first time the Caedmon Choir from the Sage Gateshead, as the site comes to life with the sound of music on December 11. Expect the rafters to be raised as the choir performs an assortment of festive carols and seasonal songs, a cappella style. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to join in.
And there’s more – wrap up and bring the whole family along to Belsay for performances of the timeless Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, on December 27-29.