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A magical Christmas at Normanby Hall

A magical Christmas at Normanby Hall

22 November 2017

Visit Normanby Hall Country Park this Christmas time and be captivated by all there is to see and do. Whether you’re walking around the park, meeting Father Christmas in the walled garden, watching the rangers feed the deer, or dining in the Hall, it is sure to be truly magical.

Children can meet Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas in their cosy grotto at the back of the Walled Garden on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 December between 11am and 2pm. It costs £6.50 per child; this includes meeting Father and Mother Christmas, a special gift, and a ride on the miniature railway. Buy your tickets from the Gift Shop on the day from 10.30am. Make sure you buy tickets early on the day to avoid disappointment.

Why not tie in your visit to see Father Christmas with watching the deer being fed? You can do this on 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December at approximately 11.45am. This is a unique opportunity to see the animals up close as the rangers feed them near the Hall.

The land train will be running on the weekends leading up to Christmas and also on 20, 21 and 22 December from 12noon until 3pm (last ride leaving at 2.40pm). Tickets can be purchased from the Gift Shop.

Tinsel Tots sessions will take place in the Hall on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 December at 10.30am and 1.30pm. This popular activity for children under five and their grown-ups offers the chance to take part in a Christmas-themed activity and listen to a festive story in front of the twinkling Christmas tree and crackling open fire. Places cost £4 per child and must be booked in advance by calling the Hall on 01724 720588.

The Hall will also open its doors for festive dining experiences in the run up to Christmas.

On 3, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15 and 17 December tables can be booked for traditional Christmas fayre. On 17 and 18 December, we will be serving festive afternoon teas.

Whilst the Hall is open for festive dining, members of the public can also pop in from 1pm to 3pm to see the decorations and discover how Christmas would have been celebrated in the Hall when it was a family home. On the 20 and 21 December it will be open from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

New for this year is brunch with Father and Mother Christmas! On Thursday 21 December Father and Mother Christmas are inviting children to come and visit them in the Hall. There will be a ride on the land train with Father and Mother Christmas when you arrive, then a story in front of the fire in the Hall before a tasty brunch of gingerbread and chocolate chip pancake stacks, fresh berries and banana slices, whipped cream, and maple syrup. All washed down with a glass of milk or orange juice. The brunch will finish in time to watch the deer being fed. Tickets for this cost £11 and must be booked in advance by calling 01724 720588.

Get in the festive spirit and enjoy carol singing from Barton Musical Company in front of the Hall and in the Stableyard from 12noon to 2pm on 3, 16 and 17 December.

Visitors to Normanby Hall will also be able to browse the Christmas stalls on 9 and 17 December between 10am and 4pm. Buy special Christmas gifts from Blossom Rose Gifts (on 9 December) and Waltham Herbs (on 9 and 17 December). Waltham Herbs will be selling table top Christmas trees, holly, herbs, mistletoe, metals birds, herb jellies and Christmas accessories. Blossom Rose Gifts will be selling handmade Christmas wreaths and Christmas gifts. 

Menus and prices can be found online. All bookings must be made in advance by calling 01724 720588.

Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member responsible for Normanby Hall Country Park, said:

“Normanby Hall Country Park always feels extra magical at Christmas time and it is the perfect place to spend quality time with your family and friends.

“We have lots of new things happening this year including brunch with Father and Mother Christmas and Christmas stalls.

 "Festive afternoon teas and Christmas meals often sell out fast, so be sure to call the Hall and book your place soon to avoid disappointment!"

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First Published:22 November 2017