Step back in time with festive fun at Leeds Temple Newsam House

Father Christmas sits at the Tudor banquet.
Father Christmas sits at the Tudor banquet.
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VISITORS at an historic house in Leeds can take a step back in time and experience a Tudor-themed Christmas.

Temple Newsam House in east Leeds is celebrating ‘500 years of Christmas’ with a jam-packed programme of events.

The Tudor-Jacobean mansion, which is set in 1,500 acres of parkland, will give visitors a blast from the past as it hosts Victorian crafts and even a Tudor banquet.

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On Saturday, December 14, the 18th century will be brought to life as Bellisime performing music and readings from Jane Austen’s time in the picture gallery of Temple Newsam House.

A Tudor banquet display fit for a king will also be on display in the oldest part of the house.

Leeds Waits musicians will be in Tudor dress for some ‘carol karaoke’ and a giant Christmas tree and Victorian decorations will be in the Great Hall.

Visitors can also make their own Christmas card or decoration to take home and the Merrie Singers from Wakefield will be singing carols in the Great Hall.

On Sunday, December 15, all of the above events will be run, with a celebration of Christmas by the Leeds Waits being performed instead of the Bellisime event.

Santa Claus will also be at the house on December 14 and 15 and from December 17 to 20.

The house will be re-visiting a Victorian tradition by hosting a ‘Garlands Galore’ event on Thursday, December 12.

Visitors will have the chance to make fresh foliage garlands and wreaths to decorate the Great Hall.

For more information about Temple Newsam House or any of the festive events, visit the website at

Alternatively, you can call Temple Newsam House on 0113 336 7460 or email to find out more.


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