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Dickensian Christmas attracts thousands to Kentwell Hall

PUBLISHED: 10:26 09 December 2018

Actors interact with the public to bring the Victorian era to life at Kentwell Hall this Christmas. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

Actors interact with the public to bring the Victorian era to life at Kentwell Hall this Christmas. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

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Thousands of people flocked to the historic Kentwell Hall, in Long Melford, yesterday and today, for the first of two Dickensian Christmas.

The beautiful surroundings of Kentwell Hall play host to the Dickensian Christmas event. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYThe beautiful surroundings of Kentwell Hall play host to the Dickensian Christmas event. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

From the visit of Father Christmas and St Nicholas to a reading of “A Christmas Carol” by a look-a-like Charles Dickens, complete with Victoria special effects, and a special Elf and Safety Training School for children - and even adults - there was something for everybody who attended.

Visitors were able to enjoy a music hall and magic show, play traditional table games in the Victorian Tavern along with Christmas crafts for the family to make.

There was also carols by lantern in the courtyard at the end of the day with festive Victorian food available along with traditional decorations and people dressed in their Dickensian wardrobe.

Alix Massey, the marketing manager at Kentwell, said: “We have had thousands of people attend, up on last year and we are really, really pleased with the event.

Ready for the family dinner. The cooks take a moment's rest during the Dickensian Christmas at Kentwell Hall. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYReady for the family dinner. The cooks take a moment's rest during the Dickensian Christmas at Kentwell Hall. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

“There is so much to do for everyone and we have had a mixture of people attend with many adults taking part in the Elf training school.

“It has been a brilliant event and people have been staying all day to - it’s a family experience for everyone.”

There were magic shows throughout the day and the Dickensian Christmas continues next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16.

The Dickensian Christmas event takes place over the weekends of the 8-9 and 15-16 December. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYThe Dickensian Christmas event takes place over the weekends of the 8-9 and 15-16 December. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

Mother and baby in Victorian Suffolk. Otto May and Paloma Prosser from Ipswich share a moment at the Dickensian Christmas event at Kentwell Hall. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYMother and baby in Victorian Suffolk. Otto May and Paloma Prosser from Ipswich share a moment at the Dickensian Christmas event at Kentwell Hall. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

Katie Prince-Wright from Bury St Edmunds makes friends with a beautiful owl at Kentwell Hall. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYKatie Prince-Wright from Bury St Edmunds makes friends with a beautiful owl at Kentwell Hall. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

Hear festive tales from Charles Dickens at Kentwell Hall as part of their Dickensian Christmas event. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURYHear festive tales from Charles Dickens at Kentwell Hall as part of their Dickensian Christmas event. Picture: NEIL DIDSBURY

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