Christmas pudding tradition brought to life at Ickworth House

The 'Stir Up Sunday' Living History event preparing for Christmas at Ickworth Park in Horringer. L-R

The 'Stir Up Sunday' Living History event preparing for Christmas at Ickworth Park in Horringer. L-R: Sue Robinson, Celia Graham and Sara Bruss at work. - Credit: Archant

Visitors to a historic house experienced life as it was like in the 1930s at a Living History day.

The 'Stir Up Sunday' Living History event preparing for Christmas at Ickworth Park in Horringer. Sue

The 'Stir Up Sunday' Living History event preparing for Christmas at Ickworth Park in Horringer. Sue Robinson (left) and Celia Graham at work. - Credit: Archant

The restored servants’ basement at Ickworth House transported hundreds of people back in time to enjoy Stir Up Sunday, a day when people made Christmas puddings.

The 'Stir Up Sunday' Living History event preparing for Christmas at Ickworth Park in Horringer. Sue

The 'Stir Up Sunday' Living History event preparing for Christmas at Ickworth Park in Horringer. Sue Robinson (left) and Celia Graham at work. - Credit: Archant

Everyone in the household would have a go at stirring the mixture and making a wish for good luck before the traditional sixpence was added.

The 'Stir Up Sunday' Living History event preparing for Christmas at Ickworth Park in Horringer. Sue

The 'Stir Up Sunday' Living History event preparing for Christmas at Ickworth Park in Horringer. Sue Robinson (left) and Celia Graham at work. - Credit: Archant

The actors also practised their dancing ahead of next week’s event at the house, the Servants’ Ball.

Aimee Clark, visitor reception manager, said: “These events really bring it to life.


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“The actors don’t talk to the visitors, so their stories are explained by the guides.

“A lot of the visitors come back in later in the day to see what has changed, and what people are doing next.”

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