Rockingham Castle looks back to Victorian times

Roberts the footman, aka Robert Wootton, welcomes visitors to a Victorian Christmas at Rockingham Castle
Roberts the footman, aka Robert Wootton, welcomes visitors to a Victorian Christmas at Rockingham Castle
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Visitors are invited to step back in time to see how Christmas was celebrated in the days of the Victorians.

Staff at Rockingham Castle are busy getting ready for their annual Victorian Christmas event.

From Monday, November 17, until Friday, November 21, the castle will be transformed into Christmas Eve 1881 when George Lewis Watson, his wife Laura Maria and several of their relatives are at Rockingham for Christmas with the staff preparing for a family Christmas gathering.

Dressed in period costume, the house keeper, governess, butler and footman will take guests back in time to the reign of Queen Victoria, telling their stories of Victorian family life both above and below stairs.

A wealth of beautifully lit Christmas trees in the castle courtyard will welcome you to Christmas from a bygone era.

The team in Walkers House restaurant will be serving a selection of home-made and locally sourced dishes, tea, coffee, cake, warmed mince pies and mulled wine.

There is also a heated marquee in the courtyard serving hot snacks.

The gift shop is packed full of Christmas goodies for those looking to find that extra special present.

On Tuesday and Thursday the Valley Voice Choir will be adding an even more festive feeling to proceedings by carol singing in the castle courtyard starting at 6pm on each day.

Gates open daily ready for the first tour at 11am.

Tours run every 15 minutes throughout the day with the last tour at 7.30pm.

Admission is £8 for adults, £3.50 for children aged five to 16, and free for under fives. Car parking costs £3 per car.

Aside from the car parking there is no additional charge for visiting the castle’s gift shop, gardens and restaurant.