Christmas at Browsholme

Christmas at Browsholme

Tales of Christmas Past

Over 500 years and fourteen generations the Parker Family have celebrated Christmas at Browsholme. In 1507 the first family celebration in the new home was during the reign of Henry VII, a mere 20 years after the War of the Roses and before the religious upheaval to come with the creation of the Church of England. Our guides will begin the Christmas tale in Tudor times and then in each room illustrate how ancient folk practices were incorporated into Christian Christmas celebration, though the austere Cromwellian period to the now familiar exuberance of Georgian and Victorian times.

Did you know that the earliest carol recorded dates to 1521 when also wassail carols were popular, that spinning wheels were decorated and the custom of the yule log during the Tudor Period. We recall that Oliver Cromwell banned the exuberance and merriment of Christmas but what happened afterwards. By Georgian times it was an exuberent celebration holly appeared as decoration, plum puddings, a 12th night christmas cake and kissing boughs….all very Jane Austen! By the reign of Queen Victoria the Christmas tree was centre stage, crackers and Santa Claus, Christmas cards with the arrival of the penny post. mistle.

Today it is still a home and we invite visitors to share the unique atmosphere of an historic house decorated for the family. Visitors will see Christmas trees, garlands, holly and of course ivy that encapsulates the spirit of the festive season. All complemented by the warmth of candlelight and open fires. Guided tours (c.1 hour) are tailored for all ages and interests.

Browsholme Hall Dining Table set up for Christmas with Christmas Tree and Candles

Christmas Open Days 2021 for families and children

Sadly we have decided to postpone our Christmas celebration in 2020 due to the Corvid 19 pandemic. However contact us for information on our special Christmas Events next year.

Sunday 28th November & 5th December 2021

Guided Tour of the Hall 12 noon and 1 pm

Our wonderful guides in traditional costumes will tell the story of Christmas Past from wassailing to the origin of Christmas cards and games. Each room decorated in a different period from Tudor times.

Santa by the Fireside   9.30am – 11am

Enjoy breakfast in the Tithe Barn before meeting Santa in the beautiful library at the Hall, with his sack of presents.
Details to be confirmed.  Booking available later in the year.


Christmas Tours for Groups 2021

22nd  November – 12th December 2020 (excl. weekends)
Bookings being taken for a morning or afternoon visit for our new guided tour round the Hall, Tales of Christmas Past, and Christmas lunch in the Tithe Barn for available dates from 23rd November to 11th December (excluding weekends). Other light refreshments are also available by request.

Please contact us on 01254 827160 or for further information on booking a group visit, prices and availability of dates, or download a copy of our brochure here.

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Our telephone number is01254 827 160 (Opens call application when possible)