Enjoy a traditional Christmas at Harewood this year - open weekends from 24th November to 16th December. Harewood House, between Leeds and Harrogate, has pulled out all the stops for a truly traditional Christmas, with seasonal crafts, activities and merry events for all the family.
Every weekend little ones can meet Father Christmas by the Fireside in the Servants Hall (from 11:00am - 3:30pm). They can snuggle up and enjoy a festive tale and receive an early Christmas gift made especially in the Elves workshop. (£12.50 pre-booked half hour session, includes entry to the grounds.) Historically, Below Stairs is where Christmas was created for guests on the State Floor, you can get in the spirit with cookery demonstrations in the Old Kitchen and sample some delectable treats. Or, enjoy some retail therapy in our festive Gourmet Shop filled with irresistible goodies in our transformed Pastry Room. Then you can visit the grandest rooms on the State Floor which will be sumptuously dressed for Christmas (open 12 – 3pm) giving you a sneak peek of how the family celebrate.
Music has long played a part in Christmas at Harewood and you can experience a magical ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service by St Aidan’s Choir and Brass Band on 6th December in Harewood’s All Saints’ Church. Enjoy warming festive refreshments and treats in the unique atmosphere of this Medieval Church. During your visit, explore the award-winning Harewood Grounds and Gardens for an adventurous walk in your woollies and pay a visit to Father Christmas’s faithful friends in the penguin pool, feeding at 2pm.
Try your hand at creating your own Christmas decorations this year with Wreath Making or Table Centre Floristry workshops (11th December/18th December) with Harewood’s award winning House Florist Gillian Gill (pre-book only, visit www.harewood.org/winter for more details).
Meanwhile in the Courtyard, get some Christmas shopping done and treat your nearest and dearest in Harewood’s recently refurbished Courtyard shop, stocking designer homeware and gifts seldom available outside of London and refuel with some seasonal treats at Harewood’s Courtyard Restaurant.
To be a member at Harewood and enjoy exclusive benefits, visit www.harewood.org/membership – membership also makes a great Christmas gift.