Roll up, roll up, roll up... for a Victorian Christmas with a curious twist.
Stoke Rochford Hall is not only welcoming guests on Christmas Day this year – for the first time in almost a century – but also bringing some authentic Victorian sideshow entertainment together with traditional crafts and gifts stalls.
For the first time in its history the Hall will be open right through the whole Christmas period. New events for 2013 include a traditional feast on Christmas Day, a roast lunch on Boxing Day and a two-night Christmas break (24-26 December).
The last time Christmas lunch was served on Christmas Day was in 1933 when it was still the ancestral family home of the Turnor family, but Stoke Rochford will be turning back the clock even further in the run-up to Christmas – when the Victorian stone mansion plays host to entertainment direct from the 1800s. An indoor Victorian Christmas Market (Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December) will not only host stalls selling traditional crafts and gifts – ranging from period furniture and jewellery to fused glass art and fairy art - but all the “atmosphere, wonderment and fun” of a Victorian travelling fairground curiosity sideshow.
Visitors to the free family event can experience Victorian deception and humbug with theatre production ‘The Palace of Curiosities’. Adding to the seasonal atmosphere, there will be an outdoor skating rink (tickets for 30 minute skating sessions, including boot hire, will cost £2 for adults and £1 for children up to age 16), and festive refreshments, such as warm mince pies, spiced mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. A Christmas themed buffet lunch will also be served on both days (12.30-2.30 – booking required) while the Bar and Bistro will also be open from 10am each day.