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27/10/15 Tatton teams’ favourite carols bring its Christmas mansion alive

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Tatton Park opens the doors to its Christmas Mansion on November 23rd when this year it celebrates the Christmas carol. The event has been a real team effort as staff across the park have been busy selecting their favourite carol and creatively interpreting it in one of the Mansion’s rooms. The exact interpretation will remain a surprise but we can expect the unusual as Tatton once again works with nationally acclaimed Springbank Flowers to bring glitz and glamour, thought and contemplation, humour and gaiety and celebration and tradition to the visit.

We can reveal that the gardeners will be uncovering a pagan take on The Holly and the Ivy and the events team in true celebratory style have worked with Springbank to bring a `dining in heaven’ theme to Hark the Herald Angels sing in the Dining room.
The event is designed to capture the tradition and excitement of Christmas and to delight and surprise. There will plenty of moments for reflection amongst which is a moving WW1 interpretation of Silent Night by the Rangers in the mansion’s Library plus opportunities to engage and be entertained. Accompanying the carols will be a changing live music programme including a harpist, flutist, pianist and choirs. 

Staff wish visitors 'A Very Merry Christmas' as the final part of their visit guides them from the grandeur of the state rooms in to the bustling servant’s quarters where a mincemeat treat is waiting for them. In the kitchens costumed kitchen maids will be cooking traditional delicacies and members of the mansion team will be demonstrating how to make decorations at home. Count on some lively banter with the below-stairs staff. Mansion and collections manager Vicky Rowbotham commented: “It’s going to be a spectacular sight, a real feast for the senses. This year’s theme - celebrating well known carols - is perfect for Tatton as there is a rich history of the Egerton family making and enjoying music in their home. The house will sparkle and sing with hundreds of baubles, bells, candles, fairy lights, angels, jolly carollers and rousing music as well as contemplative moments to pause and reflect. It’s a real team effort, as the theme is planned over the year and the house decorated the week before opening. It’s a hive of activity as the team sprinkle their magic, making an already splendid house spectacular! After all that hard work, the best bit is seeing the reaction of our guests enjoying the festivities”.  

The Christmas mansion is open Monday 23rd November - Sunday 6th December, Friday 11th to Sunday 13th and Friday 18th to Sunday 20th December 11am - 4pm (last entry 3pm).Adult £9.50, Child £5.50 Car entry charge of £5 applies. Mansion entry prices apply to NT members. For further information on all events this Christmas (including Father Christmas at the Farm, Christmas Concerts and Stableyard Carols) call 01625 374400 or see the event page here

Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.

For further information, please contact Carole Mullineux on 01625 374410 ( carole.mullineux@cheshireeast.gov.uk)

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian Mansion, Medieval Old Hall, award-winning Gardens and rare breeds Farm. The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, an adventure playground, restaurants and a year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision