Victorian Christmas at Elsecar Heritage Centre

Festive tunes for visitors at Elsecar Heritage Centre

Festive tunes for visitors at Elsecar Heritage Centre

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A South Yorkshire tourist attraction stepped back in time to celebrate Christmas in Victorian style.

Liquorice-making, candle crafting and a host of other traditions lost in time were revived as Elsecar Heritage Centre, near Barnsley.

Gentleman Piper Trevor James entertained the visitors

Gentleman Piper Trevor James entertained the visitors

Hundreds of families flocked to the event over the course of two days.

They got the chance to take part in Victorian Christmas cracker-making with the help of experts.

Children also made their own toys in the toy-casting workshop, which they then got to paint and take home to put under the tree with their gifts from Santa Claus.

Candle-maker Roy Figgis was stationed on the cobbled streets of the centre to show guests how to create their own.

Arthir Lingard at the Victorian Christmas.

Arthir Lingard at the Victorian Christmas.

And flower seller Fanny by-Gaslight did a roaring trade peddling blooms to the fair-goers – enough to make her declare ‘Cor, blimey guvnor’.

Two musicians raised visitors’ spirits with songs played on instruments including the hurdy gurdy, clarinets, pipe and tabor and percussion.

The weekend also showcased a new piece of work from artist David Walker-Barker, documenting the area’s history of coal mining.

A large-scale projection was premiered to the crowds which flocked to the event.

Festive tunes at Elsecar Heritage Centre

Festive tunes at Elsecar Heritage Centre

David said: “Very little remains in South Yorkshire to remind us of this extensive and often contested industrial legacy, or much about the people who made up the coal mining communities or the men and women, boys and girls who laboured in that industry.

“The projection is a reminder and a celebration of the generations of pit folk who served this nation.”

Mark Freeman, a commercial development assistant at the centre, said: “Last year we did not have a Christmas event as such, so we wanted to do something different. The Victorian theme for a heritage centre seemed to fit in perfectly.

“Feedback we have had has been really good – the craft fair was really busy.

“We’re looking at making it an annual event.”

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