Traditional Christmas celebrations at Clitheroe historic hall

Simon Entwistle
Simon Entwistle

Today Browsholme Hall, Lancashire’s oldest surviving family home, will be beautifully decorated for a traditional Christmas.

The lower floors of the house, complete with decorated trees, garlands and holly gathered from this historic estate, will celebrate the Christmas season again. Visitors will be welcomed by the Parker family to a living history with log fires, mulled wine, mince pies and candlelight to create an authentic festive atmosphere.

Simon Entwistle of “Top Hat Tours” will give special tours of the hall, telling tales of the cursed pilgrim’s skull, famous Lancastrian ghosts, murders most foul, mysteries, heroes and villains throughout the buildings 500-year history.

In the Browsholme Tithe Barn Clitheroe Town Band will raise the roof with carols, while visitors have the opportunity to buy unusual gifts and food from the 30 local stalls. Pottery, textiles and cards, homemade pies, cakes, honey, pickles and preserves, wreaths, trees and much more will be on display to persuade families to give something different. The Tearoom will also be open offering festive food and drinks.

Entrance to the market and Browsholme Hall grounds is £1 (children free). For more details and timing of hall tours visit: www.browsholme.com