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‘More fruit, less sugar’ and ‘well-floured moulds’ are some of the tips to be learnt from Belsay Hall’s Victorian cook in ‘Mrs Beeton’s Christmas’ event, just one of the highlights of a season of Christmas celebrations at Belsay Hall & Gardens.

Food historian Annie Gray, who has appeared regularly on television programmes such as THe Great British Bake Off and alongside chefs including James Martin and Heston Blumenthal, brings stories from a Victorian kitchen to life from both upstairs and downstairs during performances with her ‘kitchen maid’, as they prepare for this special time in the household.

A Victorian Christmas

A Victorian Christmas

Debbie Charleton, site manager at Belsay Hall & Gardens: “We love this time of year at Belsay Hall, as Christmas Day was in fact the day the family first moved into the newly constructed hall back in 1817. With a packed calendar of festive events, we look forward to welcoming visitors to share in some of the Christmas spirit ever-present here.”

Mrs Beeton’s Victorian Christmas takes place on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Belsay’s own Mrs Beeton will show you the ropes in the kitchen, giving you hints and tips for a ‘proper’ Victorian Christmas. Charges apply.