Leeds setting for ITV’s Victoria is transformed by the show’s set designer

Lord Harewood David Lascelles, dog Isla.
Lord Harewood David Lascelles, dog Isla.
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The doors and grounds of Leeds’s historic Harewood House will be opened up for the first time in five years for the festive period.

To celebrate the new series of ITV’s Victoria, which is filmed at Harewood House, the show’s creative director Michael Howells has created a five-week magical Christmas experience giving visitors the chance to explore the house in full Victorian splendour.

A Victorian Christmas will showcase the ways the Victorians created and informed the Christmas traditions we enjoy today, including Christmas dinner, carol singing, the Christmas tree and present giving.

Display highlights include loans from Ilkley Toy Museum such as Victorian board games, dolls houses, toy soldiers and rare dolls from the era.

Visitors will also have the rare opportunity of exploring the gardens, which although usually closed throughout the winter months will be open until 3.30pm daily.

Michael Howells said: “I’m delighted to be working with Harewood House Trust for this event. Harewood has been an incredible place to work filming Victoria for the last two years and has provided us with some fantastic inspiration. It’s a special place, filled with history and wonderful stories to tell.”

A Victorian Christmas runs until December 31.

For more information, visit http://harewood.org/whats-on/event/victorian-christmas-at-harewood.

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