Harlaxton Manor opens doors for first time

One of England’s most spectacular hidden gems is welcoming visitors this Christmas for four very special events.

Normally closed to the public, the spectacular manor will open its doors for the first time on Sunday 5th December and Saturday 11th December for two Christmas Open House events.

Then, on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December, local residents and visitors are invited to enjoy festive treats and refreshments around a giant Christmas tree in the manor’s front circle.

Events manager for Harlaxton Manor, Bethan Price said, “This year has been a fabulous adventure for Harlaxton Manor as we’ve set out to create new ways for our local communities and visitors to experience this magnificent setting.

We’ve had great feedback from visitors to our open house and open garden events during the spring and summer, but the manor takes on a whole new magical atmosphere at Christmas which we’re so excited to share.

“Because this is the very first time that visitors have been able to discover Harlaxton Manor at Christmas, we’re making it as open and accessible as possible. This is why entry for our Front Circle events will be free of charge and we’re only charging £15 per adult for our open house.”

“Decked with Christmas trees, garlands and twinkling lights galore, the manor will be a wonderful festive experience. You might also spot Santa Claus making himself at home by the fireplace! Outside, we’re putting up an amazing 25ft Christmas tree and our catering team will be serving delicious treats to warm any winter’s day. It’s going to be so much fun for all the family and a wonderful day out this Christmas.”

Located close to the Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire borders, Harlaxton Manor is a dramatic and unforgettable country house set in 300 acres of parkland and gardens. For 50 years, Harlaxton Manor has been home to Harlaxton College, the overseas study centre of the University of Evansville, welcoming thousands of students to live, learn and study in the inspiring setting. Prior to this, the manor was a private home, constructed in 1831.

For the Festive Open House events on Sunday 5th and Saturday 11th December from 10am-5pm, the manor’s opulent state rooms will be specially decorated for the season, with delicious Christmas food and treats available. Guests may also have the chance to meet Father Christmas in the manor’s dazzling Great Hall.

Tickets for the Festive Open House events are available for £15 per adult, £8 for children and £10 for concessions. Family tickets are available for £35. Last entry is at 4pm. Advance booking is recommended, although a limited number of tickets will be available on the day. Tickets can be purchased from events.harlaxton.co.uk.

The Front Circle events on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December are free events for the community. From 10am-4pm, visitors will be able to walk the full length of the manor’s driveway, beyond the gatehouse and into the front circle where a beautiful 25ft Christmas tree will stand in front of the manor itself. Guests can also enter the manor’s main entrance and lobby where a selection of warm and festive treats will be available for purchase from the manor’s catering team.

For more information on Harlaxton Manor, please visit www.harlaxton.co.uk.

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