Experience Christmas at Haddon Hall

This festive season, Haddon Hall is alive with traditional crafts and rousing live music.

Craftsmanship has been integral to Haddon Hall over the centuries, and this Christmas, it pays homage to this with a daily schedule of craft workshops and demonstrations.

Traditional crafts feature prominently, with the likes of calligraphy with Jane Lappage, paper cutting with Alison Evans, Pom Pom Fairies with Ida Makes and Willow and Blossom Botanicals teaching the basics of candle making.

Those interested in floristry will have plenty of opportunities to try their hand at being green fingered. 

While Carol Hickman will showcase how to make Christmas bouquets, Sally Smith will demonstrate how to make natural organic wreaths from hedgerows and garden materials and Kindred and Kind will talk visitors through how to make a beautiful Scandinavian wreath using wild winter foliage, eucalyptus, rosemary and pine, with fir cones and seed heads.

There are also workshops and demonstrations to help with preparations for the festive season. As well as making fragrant pomanders with the Haddon team, there’ll be festive baking by Fed by Ned and cocktail mixology by Monk Bar, while Lydia Waters will demonstrate how to decorate Christmas cakes and biscuits. 

In The Long Gallery, visitors will have the opportunity to sign Haddon Hall’s longest ever Christmas card – spanning the length of the gallery, where Derbyshire artists will add a new creation daily, before it is delivered to the Queen in time for Christmas Day.

Joyous music will be performed daily by local community choirs and bell ringers in the Banqueting Hall, at midday and 2pm. 

In the quiet of the evening, the Candlelight Tours will offer a different take on the Hall’s Christmas façade. All tours need to be pre-booked, which can be done online.

Lady Edward Manners said; “Craft has always played such an integral role at Haddon Hall and this year we wanted it to be at the very centre of our Christmas celebrations. 

“Christmas at Haddon is one of our favourite times of year, the atmosphere in the hall is truly magical and we’re looking forward to welcoming people into our home and hope they leave imbued with the spirit of Christmas.”

To see the full line-up of workshops and demonstrations available during Experience Christmas, which is on from December 1-23, go to http://www.haddonhall.co.uk