Have a Tattontastic Christmas!
Decking the Hall at Tatton Park: Christmas comes early at Tatton Park: in fact, it starts before the dust has barely settled on our Hallowe’en celebrations!
The first week in November, Tatton Park’s floristry team start the enormous task of crafting, by hand, the miles of festive garlands and wreathes which are used to dress the Mansion’s grand staterooms.
A full month before opening for Christmas, during the Mansion’s ‘closed period’ something magical starts to take shape in the cellars of the servants’ quarters. Here, Tatton’s Christmas preparations are announced with the heady scent of fir and western red cedar beginning to drift up from the historic cellars.
The natural foliage for the decorations is taken entirely from the parkland and gardens. Throughout November and December the rangers and gardeners work tirelessly to source the very best greenery from specially selected plantations. Western red cedar, variegated holly, ivy, laurel, pine cones and yew are cut, transported in trailers and delivered directly to the cellar doors where the Mansion team work their magic. Even the Christmas pot pourri is made from petals collected in the summer from the Rose Garden
Chief mastermind of the Christmas Mansion decoration is Tatton’s florist, Marian Littler, who has worked at Tatton for many years. All year round Marian collects the finest of rich silk and velvet fabrics and flowers, to enhance the natural foliage. Her storage room is a sight to behold!
Marian commented “Christmas is one of the most magical times to work in the Mansion, although our Christmas preparations really are year-round! Preparing the house for our visitors in the festive season is very much a team effort, involving the Mansion, Gardens and Parkland staff. The rangers and gardeners select only the best for us (standards are high!) but we have it down to a fine art now!”
One of the most exciting and nerve-wracking moments for all concerned is the arrival of the tree for the Cupola Hall. As in previous years, an 18ft Norway Spruce will be hauled into place at the bottom of the Staircase Hall under the stunning cupola glass ceiling. Notwithstanding the logistics of bringing in such a large, unwieldy tree from the parkland and through the historic house, it also has to look good from all angles and be decorated from top to toe! Marian commented “The raising and decorating of the tree in the Cupola Hall really marks the end of all our hard work and the beginning of the Christmas season for our visitors”.
Come the opening of the Mansion on Wednesday 1st December we begin to celebrate another traditional Christmas at Tatton Park.
The Mansion is also open weekdays for Visit the Christmas Mansion from Wednesday to Sunday 1st to 5th, 8th to 12th and 15th to 19th December (12pm-4pm, last entry 3pm) Please call 01625 374400 for more information. Special group booking discounts and opening times are also available.
Visitors will be able to enjoy our Christmas Mansion during special Evening Openings from Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd December (6.30pm to 9pm, last entry 8.30pm) and Saturday 4th December (from 5.30pm to 8pm, last entry 7.30pm). Booking is strongly advised on 01625 374400 as numbers are strictly limited.
For further information on all events this Christmas (including Father Christmas at the Farm, Christmas Concerts and Stableyard Carols) call 01625 374400 or visit the website at www.tattonpark.org.uk