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Enjoy Christmas through the ages at Sandwell's historic houses

Published 5th December 2018

Visitors to two of Sandwell’s historic houses can enjoy a real taste of Christmas down through the ages at two special festive candlelit events.

This Thursday, 6 December from 6.30pm-8.30pm sees Haden Hill House and Old Hall dressed for the festive season and bathed in candlelight.

Alison Hyatt, visitor services officer at Sandwell Museums, said: “Visitors will be able to see costumed characters and enjoy live Tudor period music at the Old Hall with music duo The Night Watch.

“Next door at Haden Hill House you’ll be able to join in with traditional Victorian Christmas songs and carols as well as making paper chains with the servants to decorate the their quarters and see the dining table dressed for Christmas and lit with candelabras.”

Festive light refreshments will be available, thanks to The Friends of Haden Hill Estate. Entry is £4 which includes both houses

Next Wednesday, 12 December from 6pm-9pm sees a candlelit evening at the Oak House. The beautiful 17th century house will be decorated with real greenery and lit with candles.

You will be able to experience hundreds of years  of history, music and festivities with live music from duo The Night Watch playing  medieval, renaissance and early Baroque music from the 12th through to the 17th centuries.

Visitors will be able to watch a blacksmith demonstrating nail making along with Mistress Gabrielle showing  17th century cookery dishes. You can also enjoy a Victorian Christmas magic lantern show.

Christmas-themed cocktails will be available from Cocktails2U and the tea room will be open thanks to the Friends of Oak House. Entry is £2 for adults and £1 for under 12s.

Councillor Steve Trow, cabinet member for core council services and culture, said: “These two fantastic events really do give visitors an opportunity to travel back in time and enjoy a festive journey through the ages, experiencing  the decorations, music and activities as our ancestors would have done.”

 More information on events at Sandwell's museums