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Enjoy a Red House Regency Christmas

Anita Smith and Linda Evans get cooking at the Red House Museum as part of the museums Regency Christmas Festival. (07120992)

Anita Smith and Linda Evans get cooking at the Red House Museum as part of the museums Regency Christmas Festival. (07120992)

Visitors to Red House Museum and Oakwell Hall will get the chance to see how Christmas was celebrated 200 years ago.

This Sunday there will be an afternoon of craft activities for children from noon and 3.30pm including making Christmas decorations and cards in the Red House Barn in Gomersal.

The event is being organised by the Friends of Red House Museum with all proceeds going to help the Friends care for Red House and its collection.

On December 12 Red House hosts a Deck the Halls event from 4pm-8pm with a costumed tour of the house followed by mulled wine and mince pies. The house will be decorated for a traditional 19th century Christmas with seasonal music and the museum shop will be open .

Pre booking is essential, admission £10.

On December 14 and 15 there is a Red House Christmas, when visitors can celebrate a Christmas of 200 years ago, meet the head of the household Joshua Taylor, see the cook at work preparing traditional dishes in the kitchen, enjoy a drink of mulled wine and make a traditional Christmas decoration with the Friends of Red House.

Music will be provided by the Valley Flutes on the Saturday and the Nonsuch Dulcimers on the Sunday. Normal house admission charges apply.

Jacqueline Ryder, chairman of the Friends group, said: “December is always a busy time of year but these events are a chance to take a breather and marvel at how the early Victorians managed the festivities without the 21st century mod cons.”

Oakwell Hall in Birstall will host a Deck the Halls event on December 17 from 4pm- 8pm, with a costumed tour, mulled wine and mince pies. The hall will be decorated for a traditional 17th century Christmas with seasonal music from the Leeds Waits and the museum shop will be open. Booking essential, £10 per person.

 

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