Victorian values for festive family fun at Brodsworth

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VISITORS to historic Brodsworth Hall will be able to come face to face with Father Christmas himself when he drops into the country house this weekend.

The big man in red and white will be taking time out from his hectic schedule to chat to youngsters and answer a few questions about life at the North Pole as part of the hall’s Christmas celebrations.

The 19th century-style Santa will be at Brodsworth on December 15 and 22.

There will be four audiences a day – at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm – when children are invited to join Father Christmas as he tells them poems and stories.

Events manager Jon Hogan said: “This is completely different from the 21st century shopping mall experience – everyone in the room gets to share the storytelling experience with no long queues and waits, and then each child receives a special Christmas gift, reflecting what their great, great, great grandparents might have received when they were young.

“Our Father Christmas will be dressed in a red robe with a fur-lined hood, reflecting the Victorian interpretation of Santa that can be seen on the earliest Christmas cards.”

Places are limited so pre-booking is advised. Normal garden admission prices apply, with an additional £4 charge per child.

Brodsworth is also hosting its regular Christmas Choir Concerts, with Sheffield Folk Chorale attending on December 16 and Doncaster Wheatsheaf Singers on December 23. Tickets are £10 per person, £9 for English Heritage members. Pre-booking is essential on 01302 722598.

The gardens are open every weekend throughout the winter months from 10am to 4pm. Admission is £5.70 for adults, £5.10 for concessions, and £3.40 for children.