When: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th December 2010, 11am-2pm
Where: Audley End House, Essex
£: Adults 8.30, concessions 7.10, children 4.20, family ticket 20.80. English Heritage members free.
What is it?
Audley End House was built to entertain royalty, and includes a Victorian Service Wing complete with kitchen, laundries and a dairy. The kitchens will be in full swing for the festive season as Mrs Crocombe, the resident cook, prepares delicious Victorian treats for Christmas. She will be making proper mincemeat, Christmas puddings and even a stuffed boar’s head!
Visit the restored historic stables, complete with resident horses and a Victorian groom. It also incorporates an exhibition where you can find out about the workers who lived on the estate in the 1880s, the tack house and the Audley End fire engine. Try their dressing up clothes in the stables and meet the horses, Captain, Smoke, Bonny and Duke. With beautiful grounds to explore, including an impressive formal garden and the working Organic Kitchen Garden, there’s plenty to see and do.
More info: English Heritage