Days Out in Yorkshire: Kiplin Hall

Kiplin Hall.

Kiplin Hall.

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IF you’re still not quite feeling the Christmas spirit, then fear not.

A trip to the Dickensian Christmas Compendium, at Kiplin Hall, near Scorton, is enough to warm the cockles of even Scrooge himself.

Kilpin Hall, near Catterick.11th May 2001.

Kilpin Hall, near Catterick.11th May 2001.

Nestled next to the River Swale, in North Yorkshire, the Jacobean hall is a hidden gem, with links to America and a number of notable families throughout Britain.

As Christmas fast approaches, staff, volunteers and local flower clubs have decked the hall with real Christmas trees, fresh flowers and greenery, using the novels of Charles Dickens as their inspiration.

Eagle-eyed literature lovers will spot the display based on the Cratchits’ kitchen, an old-fashioned card party from Pickwick Papers, while Mr Fezziwig’s Annual Christmas Ball also makes an appearance.

Original Victorian dresses, fashion plates, magazines, shoes and bodices are also on display in the Long Gallery, all ready for a Pickwickian Christmas Ball.

Cornelia Peyton Calvert pictured with the painting of Sir George Calvert the 1st Lord Baltimore, she commisioned to Kilpin Hall, near Catterick.11th May 2001.

Cornelia Peyton Calvert pictured with the painting of Sir George Calvert the 1st Lord Baltimore, she commisioned to Kilpin Hall, near Catterick.11th May 2001.

For any last minute gifts, head to the Christmas gift fair in the Maryland Study Centre, where local craftspeople and traders will be selling everything from festive food, sewing and crafts, sculpture, prints and paintings, silk handbags, jewellery, hand painted china and more.

After working up an appetite, treat yourself to a Christmas lunch and other festive treats in the tea room before enjoying a winter stroll through the gardens, around the beautiful lake and through the woodland and parkland.

FACTFILE

Opening times: From 10am-4pm Fri-Sun, Dec 4-6, and Fri-Sun, Dec 11-13.

Address: Kiplin Hall, North Yorks, DL10 6AT.

Admission: Admission to the hall and decorations - adult £8.30, concession £7.30, child £4.30 and family £24.50. Admission to the gift fair and tea room is free.

Car parking: Free

Attraction website: www.kiplinhall.co.uk

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