Tudor, Georgian and Edwardian themes to be seen at National Trust property

This Is Wiltshire: Avebury Manor is getting a Christmas makeover this year Avebury Manor is getting a Christmas makeover this year

Volunteers at Avebury Manor are making their own decorations to create several different Christmas styles in the manor.

Visitors will be able to take part in a workshop to make their own decorations inspired by the preparations currently underway.

Avebury Manor has been decorated in different periods from its history for a BBC TV series – and the National Trust volunteers have chosen Tudor, Georgian, and Edwardian as three of the main Christmas themes they are creating on the ground floor, with other fun Christmas ideas throughout the house.

It is the second year that the manor has been open for Christmas and to get everything ready in time, the house’s volunteers will be helping make decorations for the trees this month.

Eleanor Eaton, visitor services manager at Avebury Manor said: "We’ll be decorating throughout the house in styles from different periods using a lot of greenery from the garden, but also creating a festive 1930s atmosphere and a busy kitchen preparing for the Christmas dinner.

"Upstairs, as the bedrooms weren’t decorated for Christmas, we’re going to have some fun – one of the bedrooms will be turned into the elves’ bedroom, and Father Christmas will be made to feel at home in the Queen Anne suite - although we’re not expecting him to make an appearance in the run up to the big night."

Workshops will be held on Wednesday, November 27, from 2-4pm, at £12.50 per person to include materials and coffee/tea/ mince pies.

The manor will be open, fully decorated, from Thursday, December 5, every day except Wednesday, from 11am-4pm, with last entry at 3.15pm, until Sunday, December 22.

On Wednesday, December 18, there will be a special guided tour, looking at the different styles of decoration, and the historic background to Christmas through the ages, followed by a Christmas tea in the manor tearoom. Booking is necessary, £25 per person.

More information is available at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury

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