Whole host of events to enjoy at the Rotherham stately home this season
Staff and volunteers at Wentworth Woodhouse are full of festive spirit after decking the 18th century halls with boughs of holly - and the dizzying heights of the Preservation Trust’s first Christmas tree.
All is now looking suitably festive for fundraising tours running throughout November and December, when guests can enjoy a glass of mulled wine and homemade mince pies in front of a roaring fire in the Long Gallery, and a host of yuletide events.
The focal point of the seasonal decorations is a giant Norway spruce, towering over 16 feet and with a girth of over seven feet. It’s the charitable trust’s first tree since taking on the 365 roomed Grade I Listed mansion in March.
It took four people to get it into place in the Long Gallery and a full day to decorate. It now shimmers with seven sets of fairy lights and countless snow-white baubles.
The 83-acre grounds of Wentworth Woodhouse have been a rich source of greenery, berry-laden holly and a collection of coloured willows which now adorn the principal rooms of the house.
The tree, worth several hundred pounds, was generously donated by Fillingham Christmas Trees in Gainsborough and had to be transported on a low-loader.
Head gardener at Wentworth Woodhouse, Scott Jamieson, said: “I travelled over to Fillingham Christmas Trees to choose this stunning tree as our Christmas centrepiece. We are very grateful to them. As this is the Trust’s first year here we really wanted to create a fabulous festive atmosphere for our visitors, one in which they will feel at home - after all this project is all about community.”
Over the next two decades the Preservation Trust intends to raise over £100million to bring the entire site, which also includes stables, a riding school and a camellia house, back into working order with a variety of new uses.
The Wentworth Woodhouse Yuletide calendar includes £20 afternoon Christmas teas in the Long Gallery on Tuesday 28 November and Tuesday 5 December at 2pm and 4pm and the chance for people to learn how to make their own festive decorations with greenery from the grounds at wreath-making classes with a professional florist in the famed State Dining Room on 28 November and 5 December.
A weekend Christmas Fair on Saturday 9 December and Sunday 10 December, 10am-4pm, will feature over 150 stalls selling gifts, crafts, food and drink, plus a Santa’s Grotto and even reindeer on the front lawn.
Tickets are £5 per adult (under 15s free) and can be bought in advance or are £6 on the door.
And on Wednesday 20 December, Wentworth Woodhouse welcomes back Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir, who will perform carols and festive favourites accompanied by Barnburgh Village singers Tony Jermy, Mike McGrevy and Brad Pepper. Tickets are £20 and include mince pies, mulled wine and refreshments
Proceeds from these festive events will go towards the costs of managing and developing Wentworth Woodhouse for future generations. For more information and bookings visit the website or call 01226351161.