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An enchanting journey awaits in Tatton’s Nutcracker Christmas Mansion

nutcracker_mansion_collageIt’s a cosy Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum’s and their house is dressed for Christmas. All is calm as they await their party guests…… but everything is about to change!

Visit Tatton’s mansion this Christmas and come on the most astonishing journey with Clara Stahlbaum and her very special toy gift – The Nutcracker. One of the most captivating and charming tales, E.T.A Hoffman’s story is perfect for bringing magic to Tatton’s Christmas this year.

The adventure starts as you enter Tatton’s grand mansion where visitors will be greeted by the largest of nutcracker dolls who stand guard at the family entrance, used by the Egertons when they resided at the mansion from the 18th to mid 20th century.

The sugar plum fairy will set the scene as you move into the sumptuous dining room laid out for the Stahlbaums to sit down to their family Christmas feast. The Egertons would have had a team of servants preparing their festive fayre.

The story continues as visitors move through the grand state rooms. In the impressive library the clock has just struck midnight and Clara has woken to witness an army of mice going in to battle against her toy soldiers. All ends well and you can join Clara as she embarks on her enchanting journey through the forest adorned music room and drawing room to arrive at a truly wonderful place… the  land of sweets.

The Nutcracker has been superbly brought to life with the help of Spring Bank Flowers Design and Tatton’s in-house florist team. In keeping with tradition the Christmas mansion will be decked with beautiful natural material from the parkland and gardens and a changing live music programme including a harpist, flutist and choirs will entertain.

Christmas is not only evident in the grand staterooms; the bustling servants’ quarters will also be getting into the festive spirit.  In the kitchens costumed  kitchen maids will be cooking traditional delicacies for the Stahlbaum’s Christmas celebration and offering visitors a sample. Count on some lively banter with the below-stairs staff.

Visitors can also learn how to create beautiful decorations for their own home during free demonstrations in the servants’ quarters. 

Mansion and collections manager Carolyn Latham said: “We’re all looking forward to seeing the mansion rooms decorated and bought to life with the Nutcracker story. It’s such an iconic magical Christmas tale we’re sure everyone will enjoy our interpretation of it.”

The Nutcracker mansion

The Christmas mansion is open Tuesday 25th November - Sunday 7th December (closed Monday 1st December) and Friday 12th - Sunday 14th December and Friday 19th - Sunday 21st December : 11am - 4pm (last entry 3pm).

Adult £9, Child £5.

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

Enjoying Christmas at Tatton is just one of over 101 things to do at Tatton Park. This brand new campaign, launched in April features 101 of the best possible experiences to be enjoyed at Tatton this year. These range from feeding Tatton’s deer their daily breakfast to singing happy birthday with a rare breed pig: watching the Vikings invade Tatton’s Old Hall to escaping in to a New Zealand rain forest.

For further information about this release contact:  

Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department Tel: 01625 374417 / Email: Vicky.wilby@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, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room 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. By 2016/17 it is expected that over 1 million visitors a year will enjoy this experience. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. More information about the vision.