Come and join us at Orchard Side for a Georgian Christmas

The Georgians were enjoying their Christmas festivities and decorations again after they had been severely restricted under the rule of Oliver Cromwell.

December 3 @ 10:30 am – December 20 @ 4:30 pm

Explore our 18th century Georgian Christmas display in the house & gardens.

Children can enjoy a free ‘Hunt the Slipper’ trail with adult admission.

Begin your journey in our warm and welcoming Shop to find our 12th Night Cake.

Then step back in time…

Smell greenery in the decorations and spices in the cooking. Imagine the lure of a Yule Log blazing in the fire, highly decorated with evergreen sprigs in the windowpanes. It was in 1800 that Queen Charlotte decorated her tree with gifts, dolls and candles. Adorning the stairs – bunches of holly on green sashes with garlands of holly and bay. Grapes, walnuts, glace fruits and pomegranates imported from southern Spain and North Africa and sugar cones from the West Indies – if you could afford it …  Our Mr Cowper was not rich, but much-loved family and friends saw he never went without.

‘Georgian Life Room’ – kindly sponsored by ‘Allens of Olney’

Allens of Olney