Step back in time this Christmas at Sutton Hoo

THE team at Sutton Hoo’s Tranmer House are inviting you to help them celebrate Christmas as it would’ve been more than 70 years ago.

“It’s so lovely when it’s cold, rainy and dark outside to come into a beautifully decorated house like this and be transported back in time. So I thought let’s celebrate it in the style Edith Pretty would’ve wanted,” says Elizabeth Rohde, visitor services manager at Sutton Hoo.

“She was very community focused and I think she’d be really pleased to know we’re throwing open our doors at Christmas for the first time ever.”

As visitors arrive at the front door they’ll be welcomed by the butler or a maid in period costume, ready and waiting with mulled wine. The drawing room will be decorated in 1939s style, complete with home-made paper decorations and a massive Christmas tree.

Mince pies will be served in the sitting room - which is so relaxing, Elizabeth has has even found people asleep in the chairs.


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From there you move into you move into the toy room, where there’ll be some beautiful model train layouts - including one 20ft by 9ft - and period toys which younger visitors can play with such as a rocking horse. There may even be a very special visitor checking to see who’s been naughty and nice.

You can’t have Christmas without music and local choirs will sing carols from the period in the house and restaurant.

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Festive Tranmer House will be open every weekend from tomorrow until December 19, from 11am–4pm.

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