Step back in time in Leeds at historic house

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Visitors to an historic house in Leeds can step back in time and get festive with a Tudor-themed Christmas this weekend.

Temple Newsam House is hosting its annual ‘500 years of Christmas’ on Saturday December 12 and Sunday December 13 with a packed programme of events.

Activities include a Tudor banquet display, carol karaoke, music from Jane Austen’s time, Victorian merry making, storytellers, traditional crafts and a 1940s farm, as well as a winter wonderland journey to meet Father Christmas.

This weekend also sees another historic house, Lotherton Hall, host a spectacular Edwardian Christmas, from 11am to 3pm on both days, with the chance to see the hall in seasonal finery, make Christmas crafts and wreaths in the stable courtyard.


On Sunday, the stunning surroundings of Kirkstall Abbey will be the setting for a carol singing performance by the Heritage Singers on Sunday December 13 from 2pm to 3pm.

The carol singing is free to attend and no is booking required but usual admission applies to Temple Newsam house and Lotherton Hall.

Coun Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “Christmas is always a very special time of year at our museums and galleries sites, where the beautiful surroundings and historic settings can really help bring the season to life.

“It’s wonderful to once again see such a huge and varied programme of events this year, there really is something for everyone to enjoy and I’m sure it’ll be a magical Christmas.”

The Museums and Galleries events are part of the city’s Magical Leeds campaign which features activities including the annual Christkindelmarkt on Millennium Square, which runs until December 20.