Nunnington Hall | Discovering Christmas Traditions Through The Decades
As our thoughts turn to Christmas, both girls have asked what was Christmas like in the Twenties? The Thirties, Forties or the Fifties? So inspired in part by the excellent TV series ‘ Back in Time for….’ we decided to visit Nunnington Hall‘s excellent ‘Christmas over the Decades’ exhibition.
Visitors to Nunnington between now and Christmas will discover just how it may have felt over time. As you step into the impressive entrance, you’ll be welcomed into the 1920s by the Butler with a tot of sherry to enjoy by a roaring fire, before stepping back to an indulgent feast of the 18th century or be staggered by the memorable rationed years of the war. Each ‘Christmas’ display is visually appealing and helped by fantastic information boards that support the ‘Christmas Toys’ theme that continues throughout the decades.
There’s plenty more to enjoy on a visit to Nunnington Hall including the excellent restaurant / tea room!!! There’s the sumptuous grounds with their ‘ribbon tree’ where children are encouraged to leave a lasting memory…. or the beautiful gardens to explore (including a wonderfully interactive kitchen garden)
You can even discover the fascinating stories behind certain festive traditions, from Christmas food and carols to greetings cards and crackers (find more here)
From the chance to play pooh sticks at the entrance bridge (kindly broken and provided for you – a simple but effective gesture!) to the excellent treasure trail leaflets and plentiful grounds to burn off some energy… it’s the kind of place you could happily spend a Sunday afternoon with everyone finding something they enjoyed!!!
If you get the chance, explore Colonel Fife’s bedroom and see what’s under the floorboards or take a peek at the fantastic Christmas needlework displays in the attic!LifeinourVan Top Tip
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