CHRISTMAS is coming and if you are not yet feeling in the festive mood, a visit to Nottinghamshire’s famous Newstead Abbey will set you on the way for sure.
The former home of notorious Romantic poet Lord Byron is open specially for Christmas and visitors will get to see some of the house’s finest rooms decked out in seasonal splendour.
The displays are being created by students from New College Nottingham and local florists Chris Haslam and Di Martin.
The general theme is of a traditional Victorian Christmas but a modern twist or two are also likely to feature.
Said Penny Beniston, house steward: “The house will be decorated for Christmas, with rooms coming to live with seasonal entertainment.
“This is a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of the splendour of this historic house.”
One of the highlights of the event will be the beautiful, big tree in the Great Hall.
There will also be Christmas entertainment, including carol singers, and seasonal fare in the cafe at the Abbey.
A special afternoon tea will be served in the West Front Suite.
The Abbey’s park and gardens will also be open.
The ‘Christmas at the Abbey’ events are being held this Saturday and Sunday and next Saturday and Sunday (17th and 18th December), from 12noon to 3pm.
Booking is essential on 455900, with tickets costing £10 for adults and £8 for concessions.
And Chad has teamed up with Newstead Abbey to offer a family ticket for the Christmas at the Abbey event for either the 17th or 18th December. The ticket is for two adults and up to three children - which would cost £44.
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