To celebrate the first family Christmas at Haddon Hall since c.1700, Lord and Lady Edward Manners and their young family welcome guests to join them in festivities through December at their historic home, Haddon Hall, set in Derbyshire’s Peak District.
From December 6 to 17, Haddon will be open every day for guests to enjoy the beautifully – decorated hall with an assortment of wonderful events of family focus and traditional Christmas pastimes at this ancient site.
Highlights of ‘A Manners Family Christmas’ include: wonderful decorations throughout the hall, an artisan food market in the Tudor kitchens, St. Nicholas in the Parlour – where children can discuss their Christmas wishes, storytelling for all ages by glorious roaring fires, make your own hamper with superb regional produce, plus music, carols, and special candlelit tours. The Haddon Hall gift shop will specialise in Christmas decorations which visitors can buy along with Christmas trees, felled from the Haddon Estate.
A beautiful carol concert evening takes place on December 12th , where guests can enjoy carols from the private chapel of St Nicholas and St Ann within Haddon’s walls, followed by an exclusive dinner at the estate’s luxury hotel, The Peacock at Rowsley www.thepeacockatrowsley.com.
Craft workshops take place at the beginning of December when Haddon Hall opens up for a private decoration master-classes. These one day courses will offer inspiration for your Christmas decorations this year, creating a number of different items including evergreen swags and wreaths and table decorations, kissing boughs and much more. Beginner/ Intermediate workshops will run on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd, with an advanced workshop on the 3rd of December. Materials, lunch and refreshment is included the price and all courses will run from 10.30am until 3.30pm.
The Tudor Group will once again be visiting Haddon this festive season, bringing it to life with their authentic Christmas preparations. There will be cookery in the Tudor Kitchens and music, plays and performances elsewhere in the house. Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December from 10.30am – 4.00pm. Normal admission rates apply.
Haddon Hall has stood its site near Bakewell since Norman times and has been in continuous family ownership for over 900 years. A visit to Haddon this Christmas is a step back in time and – in addition to the superb festive events on offer – visitors can experience the hall in winter, and view the fine collection of early English furniture, important tapestries and the ancient bricks and mortar of this historic site.
‘A Manners Family Christmas’ takes place from 6 – 17 December, from 10.30am to 4.00pm, with the last admission at 3.00pm. Entry is £10.00 for adults, £9.50 for concessions and £5.50 for children. For up to £1.00 off admission rates, please book online to qualify for our early bird rate.
Find out more at www.haddonhall.co.uk
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Notes to editors
· Lord Edward Manners inherited Haddon in 1999 on the death of his father the 10th Duke of Rutland. Manners is the family name of the Dukes of Rutland. Lord Edward is married to Gabrielle, Lady Edward Manners and they have twin boys Alfred and Vesey who were born in November 2013.
· Haddon was built as a Norman fort at the beginning of the 12th Century making it one the oldest houses in the country – and was added to and developed from then to the 17th century.