Enjoy a 17th century Christmas at Woolsthorpe Manor

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Tired of tinsel and Santa Claus? Come back to a simpler age and try a 17th century Christmas at Woolsthorpe Manor.

The winter tours at Woolsthorpe take on a more festive theme during December as a team of volunteers decks the Manor House with a romantic evergreens and the table is laid with festive food.

You’ll hear the stories of a 17th century rural Christmas and the birth of a sickly baby on Christmas Day in 1642 who would grow up to change his world and ours.

As a child, Newton would have experienced the banning of Christmas by Parliament but when the monarchy was restored in 1660 Christmas was reinstated and returned to its important place in the farming year. Seasonal customs and songs came out from hiding and became part of people’s lives once more.

Today Christmas at Woolsthorpe is quietly festive, in line with the spirit of the place then and now. Christmas tours are on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at 11.15am, 12.30pm and 1.45pm until 4 January.

Booking is highly recommended, please call the Christmas tour booking line on 01476 862823.

Please note that the Manor is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but will be open on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Looking ahead to January and the New Year - Woolsthorpe will be hosting a Wassail on January 16, 12pm to 12.30pm. Come and sing good health to the trees in the Woolsthorpe Manor orchard - including Isaac Newton’s apple tree which is still green and growing.

There is no need to book for this event, just turn up on the day. If you would like more details visit the website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk or e-mail woolsthorpemanor@nationaltrust.org.uk or telephone 01476 860338.

Woolsthorpe Manor is the birthplace and family home of Sir Isaac Newton. You can still see the famous apple tree that inspired his thoughts on gravity from the bedroom window.