This festive season, English Heritage in the North of England is inviting people of all ages to step back in time with an assortment of exciting events happening at its properties in the North.
The ghosts of Christmases past, present and future will be descending on Belsay for performances of the timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, between December 27-29 at 11am and 2pm.
Storytellers Theatre Company will bring ‘rap’, song and mirth to Dickens’ novel in performances they assure will entertain young and old alike.
Scrooge meets the unusual Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, but will he repent in time for Christmas, or is he doomed to a life of misery? Tickets cost £7.50 for adults, £6.80 for concessions, £4.50 for children and £19.50 for families. English Heritage members’ and under-fives go free.
Belsay Hall will be open 10am-4pm between December 27-29.
Meanwhile, the little ones will be able to uncover some festive historical facts at the special Christmas Fact Finding Trails, also running between December 27-29 at Belsay. Christmas baubles featuring intriguing facts will be placed around the enchanting site, with yummy treats available for everyone who takes part.
There’s also plenty to keep visitors to Cumbria entertained. The festive season wouldn’t be complete without a drop of mulled wine and Carlisle Castle will be warming visitors to its Christmas tours with this tasty tipple.
The whole family can enjoy the new and exclusive Characters of the Castle Tours and catch a glimpse of the Border fortress whilst it is closed to members of the public – special access will be granted to everyone who has pre-booked their place.
These intimate tours will enable participants to see the impressive building from a whole new perspective – prepare to witness intriguing tales of murder, mystery and mayhem from within the castle walls.
The Characters of the Castle Tours will run between December 28-30.
Pre-booking for the tours is essential as places are limited. Tickets can be purchased by calling 01228 591922. Tickets cost £10 for adults, concessions and children and £7 for English Heritage members.
Jon Hogan, events manager for English Heritage in the North, said: “English Heritage has created a series of exciting events this winter, giving visitors to sites in the North a unique opportunity to discover their local history and festive traditions.
“Belsay Hall and Carlisle Castle are the perfect places to visit for families struggling to find interesting and different ways of passing the time during the school holidays. Indeed, we would encourage people of all ages to check out any of our sites in the region which are open every weekend this winter.
“You will have the opportunity to discover the fascinating history on your doorstep.”