28 Nov

Edwardian Christmas

Kiplin Hall Travellers' BedroomDecember 1913, the last Christmas before the outbreak of the First World War.King George V was on the throne, but the gaiety of the reign of his father, Edward VII Kiplin Hall's Edwardian Christmascontinued. As people danced to music and songs on their new gramophones, shopped for toys and other Christmas gifts, prepared plum puddings and Christmas decorations, no-one conceived that the next Christmas would be anything but the same. 

Christmas at Kiplin Hall

December 1913, the last Christmas before the outbreak of the First World War. King George V was on the throne, but the gaiety of the reign of his father, Edward VII continued. As people danced to music and songs on their new gramophones, shopped for toys and other Christmas gifts, prepared plum puddings and Christmas decorations, no-one conceived that the next Christmas would be anything but the same.

In 1955 the Manchester Guardian looked back and questioned, was “1913 the merriest Christmas in memory”? The ‘veterans’ they asked recalled that “The standards of 1913 will take some reaching”. The article went on to discuss advertisements for cook-generals, parlour-maids, lady companions, valets, wines and spirits and recipes for oysters. Gifts for gentlemen, ladies and servants and toys for children were advertised in shopping guides – ideas from Gamages in London filled 500 pages in their catalogue.

Kiplin Hall in Winter

 This year, volunteers and local groups are adopting this style of opulence and plenty to decorate the rooms of historic Kiplin Hall. This brings to a conclusion the theme of this year’s exhibition, Kiplin Hall in Times of War, which commemorates the role of the house, its owners and local people in wars from the Civil War to the Second World War.

 Real Christmas trees, fresh greenery and flowers will be used to adorn the rooms in the style of 1913, when the house was owned by Sarah Turnor. She had inherited it from her father, Admiral Carpenter, in 1904.

Small display of original 1913 gowns and accessories on display in the Green bedroom, from the History Wardrobe collection.

Local craftspeople and traders will have stalls at the Christmas Gift Fair in the Maryland Study Centre, offering cards, festive foods, tatting and lace knitting, sewing and crafts, sculpture, prints and paintings, silk handbags, jewellery, original artwork, hand painted china, walking sticks, bone handled cutlery and more. A relaxed and pleasant way to shop for original presents.

Christmas lunches and other festive treats will be served in the award-winning Tea Room. Christmas Treats in Kiplin Hall's Tea Room

If the weather is fine enjoy a winter stroll in the gardens. 

Musical Highlights - included in admission to the Hall

Northallerton Handbell Ringers

Playing carols in the Library.

Sunday 30 November and Sunday 7 December, 2 - 3pm in the Library

Susanna Pell

Susanna Pell For 25 years a professional viola da gamba player, Susanna Pell has recorded extensively for radio and disc       and performed in concert venues worldwide. She has also appeared on film soundtracks such as Zeffirelli's   Hamlet, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and The Da Vinci Code and Kate Bush's 2005 album Aerial.

Playing on an exquisite copy of an eighteenth century instrument she will present a selection of solo music from the time of the Crowe family of Kiplin Hall. The elegance and refinement of the viola da gamba and its music are in perfect keeping with the beautiful and intimate setting of Kiplin and Susanna's performance will provide visitors with a rare opportunity to experience a sound world familiar to Georgian music lovers.

 

Susanna will be playing in the Dining Room.

Sunday 30 November, 10.15 – 11.30am and 12noon – 1.15pm

and

Saturday 6 December, 2 – 3.15 and 3.45 – 5pm

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Opening Times - Kiplin Hall's Edwardian Christmas

10am - 4pm

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 28 - 30 Nov

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 5 - 7 Dec

Admission to the Hall and Gardens: Adult £8, Concession £7, Child £4, Family (2 + 3) £23

Please note, HHA cards are not valid for this special Christmas event.

* There is no admission charge for the Christmas Gift Fair in the Maryland Study Centre or the Tea Room, which is located in the Hall.

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Stalls in the Christmas shops

28 November - 30 November

Mike Brown - original oil paintings and paperweights

Traditional and Scrumptious - Christmas cakes, food hampers, biscotti, flavoured nuts and more

How Curious - Christmas decorations, ornamental glass baubles and angels

Pearl Passion - earrings, necklaces, bracelets and otehr beautiful jewellery

Hazy Daisy Gifts - Gifts & accessories for ladies, girls and the home. Gift sets, handbags, scarves, shabby chic, vintage

Flora's Cottage Garden - Oil paintings of the dales, prints, cards, lavender and herbal hearts and pouches.

Woolly Back Sew-and-Sew - personalised embriodery and baby wear

Woolly Back Wool Shop - Wool and hand knitting yarns

Eric Ibbotson - Hand carved walking sticks, antler cutlery, shepherds' crooks, thumb sticks

Di-Fusion Designs - Framed pictures, prints, coasters and earrings

Phoenix Cards - Greetings cards, Christmas cards, wrappting papers

Green Frog - Christmas plants and decorations

Kiplin Hall Walled Garden - Seasonal veg., including purple sprouts

5 December - 7 December

Wensleydale Hampers by Fairhursts - Christmas goodies all packed up for you

Sewly Crafts - Handmade handbags and holdalls in tweed and leather

Green Frog - Christmas plants and decorations

Kiplin Hall Walled Garden - Seasonal veg., including purple sprouts

Eric Ibbotson - hand carved walking sticks, antler cutlery, shepherds' crooks, thumb sticks

Flora's Cottage Garden - oil paintings of the dales, prints, lavender hearts and pouches, cards

Cheryl Nash - Handpainted kitchen and bathroom tiles

Pearl Passion - April Sey's earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other beautiful jewellery

Silver Curlew - Jewellery and engraved glass

Children must be accompanied by an adult

1 Feb

Snowdrops and Spring Flowers

Snowdrops and Spring Flowers

Gardens re-open Sunday 1 February

Carpets of snowdrops & aconites followed by spring flowers.

Bulbs in the green for sale.

£5.30/£4.30/£2.30/£14.50

21 Feb

Wartime Wedding and Tea

Wartime Wedding

Saturday 21 February, 2pm & 4.30pm

The History Wardrobe presents a wonderfully nostalgic presentation about rationed fashion during WW2, celebrating the good humour and hard work of the make-do-and-mend era. A stunning display of original items, including a ‘utility’ corset, wooden-soled shoes and a parachute nylon dress.

Followed by afternoon tea.

Tickets £15.50

Please telephone 01748 818178

Booking essential

19 Mar

Planning a Vegetable Garden

 Thursday 19 March, 10am - 3pm

 Kiplin Hall Head Gardener, Chris BakerLearn how to create a productive vegetable garden with Head Gardener, Chris Baker.

The workshop will be held in the Hall and participants will have an opportunity to look around the gardens to see how Chris has planned and planted the restored Kiplin gardens.

The workshop is limited to 25 places. 

Tickets are £15 per person.

Coffee provided, but please bring a packed lunch.

To book please telephone 01748 818178 or email info@kiplinhall.co.uk

 

Booking essential

3 Apr

Alice's Easter Wonderland

Gardens 10am - 5pm, Hall 2 - 5pm

Celebrating 150 years since the publication of  Lewis carroll's Alice in Wonderland, lots of fun Fun for families in the Hall and grounds.

Details to follow

Usual admission prices apply:-

Gardens and Grounds only Adult £5.30; Concession £4.30; Child £2.300; Family (2+3) £14.50

Hall, gardens and Grounds Adult £8.30; Concession £7.30; Child £4.30; Family (2+3) £24.50

No booking required

Children must be accompanied by an adult

16 May

100 Shades of Green

WI Northern Federations Centenary Celebrations

Flower and Craft Exhibition

100 SHADES OF GREEN

Saturday 16th - Tuesday 19th May 2015

10.00am - 5.00pm

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Institute

Admission Adults and Concessions £8

Groups please call Durham Counties Federation of Women's Institutes, 01388 819100 and speak with either Ruth or Ann, Tuesday - Thursday, 9.30am - 4pm

Children must be accompanied by an adult