Friends deck the hall for Christmas 


Smithills Hall will be decked out for Christmas with boughs of holly, ivy and other traditional trimmings for the fourth year running.

The Friends of Smithills Hall have carefully researched medieval and Victorian decorations and each year adorn the Grade 1 listed building with festive frills and ornaments.

From Friday, November 27 to Sunday, January 3, visitors will have the opportunity to see how a typical Tudor and Victorian home would have looked like at Christmas time.

The Grand Hall will be decorated with medieval decorations, the withdrawing room will be decorated with Tudor decorations and Mrs Ainsworth’s room will be decorated with Victorian decorations. 

Decorations include evergreens of holly and ivy, traditional crackers, a large candle with twelve charms and a kissing ring. There will also be displays of artificial foods of the day and a papier mâché bull’s head.

The decorations will be accompanied by an explanation about their history and meaning at Christmas.

The Friends of Smithills Hall are a group of volunteers who support the activities at the hall and membership is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the venue, its history and the families who lived there.

Membership also provides the opportunity to get involved in a range of activities and includes free admission to the hall during opening hours, the opportunity to raise funds to support the hall and subscription to a quarterly newsletter.

For more information about membership write to The Secretary, The Friends of Smithills Hall, Smithills Dean Road, Bolton BL1 7NP or telephone 01204 338722.

Smithills Hall is currently open to the public on Friday and Sunday from noon to 4pm until March 31, 2010, with last admission at 3pm.

From April 1 to October 31, 2010, the hall will be open Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from noon to 5pm, with last admission at 4pm.

The hall will be closed on Christmas Day; Sunday, December 27 and New Year’s Day.

Admission is £3 for adults and £2 for children and concessions

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