From Saturday 5 to Wednesday 23 December, you can get a glimpse of how the Victorians celebrated the festive season when Lydiard House will be decked out in traditional festive greenery and decorations to create the intimate atmosphere of a 19th Century family Christmas.
Decorations will be typical of the style of elegant, yet festive displays that the Lady of the Manor at Lydiard Park would have enjoyed creating to impress family and friends. There will be real trees in the hall, library and bedroom, beautifully decorated with candles, ribbons, traditional baubles and handcrafted decorations.
The dining table will be laid out with a lavish Christmas meal, including roast beef and plum pudding, popular in the late Victorian period and based on old menus belonging to the Bolingbroke family of Lydiard Park.
A new seasonal quiz trail gives children the chance to hunt down Christmassy clues alongside the popular Teddy Bear quiz.
Lydiard House Winter Enchantment
A Magical Weekend of Live Music
Saturday & Sunday 12th & 13th December (see right)
Sunday 13 December, 2.30pm: Live music from Swindon Choral Society.
Sunday 20 December, 2.30pm: Purton Pealers Hand Bell Ringers.
Sunday 13 December, 12noon to 3pm
Make a star lantern using willow and tissue paper.
Sunday 20 December, 12noon to 3pm
Make a festive table decoration using natural materials sourced from the park.
Normal admission charges for all days plus £3 per person for craft sessions (separate charges for Winter Enchantment, see above)