HISTORIC TIMES AT BLICKLING HALL
Take a step back in time and celebrate an old fashioned Christmas at Blickling Hall,
STANDING MAJESTIC against the dark sky, illuminated by the warm glow of the light decked trees which line its impressive drive, Blickling Hall never looks more magnificent than on a crisp, bright festive night.
One of Norfolk’s most iconic landmarks – built in the early 17th century - the striking red brick Jacobean house has a long and rich history, and was left to the National Trust in 1940 by Philip Kerr, 11th Marquis of Lothian.
Once home to the aristocracy and the birthplace of Henry VIII’s ill-fated wife Anne Boleyn, the grand state rooms will have doubtlessly hosted many lively and decadent Christmases over the centuries – but it is the past 100 years which inspire celebrations today. During the festive period, events are held to explore what life would have been like at Christmas during the 1930s, when the focus was very much on those who lived and worked on the estate. The kitchen becomes a hive of activity, preparing and serving traditional food and drink, and the hall itself is transformed into a stunning, festive wonderland, reflecting the period – when decorations would have included bells, balls, tinsel and golden haired angels, hand-blown ornaments and colourful paper chains made by children.
This winter there are 48 trees lining the drive and temple walk which are lit by 19,200 lights – taking two separate departments two days to put up, and 10,500 paper chain links decorate the garden. Back in the house, a team of 50 volunteers spend three days decorating the rooms in a traditional style.