Celebrate the coming of Christmas at Bakewell’s beautiful and historic Haddon Hall (one of the oldest houses in the country) with a series of festive craft workshops, live entertainment and the return of the Hall’s artisan market.
Admire the abundance of sparkling lights and medieval decorations while you explore tales of Christmases past. There will even be a choral performance from local community choirs and bell ringers taking place within the Banqueting Hall everyday at midday and 2pm.
Attend an insightful wreath making, cake decorating or gift wrapping workshop alongside an array of artisans and makers, and sign Haddon Hall’s longest ever Christmas card in The Long Gallery, before it is sent to Her Majesty the Queen.
What’s more, you can stock up on Christmas gifts at Mercatum, the Hall’s renowned artisan market, and be sure to delight in a Candlelight Tour, where you’ll discover the house’s fascinating history after-dark, accompanied by mince pies and mulled wine.
Private resident of the house, Lady Edward Manners said: ‘Craft has always played such an integral role at Haddon Hall and this year we wanted it to be at the very centre of our Christmas celebrations. Every room will offer visitors something different and truly wonderful, and as well as enjoying all the magnificent decorations and the festive music, people will have a chance to learn a new skill at our workshops and demonstrations, which will hopefully come in handy over the Christmas period.
‘Our Candlelight Tours always delight visitors, and provide a great opportunity to see the Hall in a different light, while our Mercatum goes from strength to strength each year, offering a fantastic array of unique gifts.
‘Christmas at Haddon is one of our favourite times of year, the atmosphere in the hall is truly magical and we’re looking forward to welcoming people into our home and hope they leave imbued with the spirit of Christmas!’
Artisan market: 13 – 17 November, 10am – 5pm
Candlelight Tours: 1 – 23 of December
Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1LA
Entry to the Mercatum is £5.50. VIP evening on 12 November (including a drink and goody bag on arrival) costs £25. Book via haddonhall.co.uk
Book tours and workshops here.