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Yorkshire: Dickens’ Feast of Festive Frighteners, Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster

Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster, Yorkshire

I quite often surf the English Heritage site for events at their properties in my local area. Last year (2013) I came across an event which was being held at Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster, South Yorkshire ‘Ghost Stories for Christmas’ – love a ghost story, love christmas – perfect combination! The event consisted of the ‘Lord and Lady of the Manor’ reciting Victorian ghost stories. The event was a festive delight for all the family (well most of the family, I wouldn’t recommend young children to attend due to the nature and the length of the performance) and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

So when I saw on their website that the event was being held again this year I was very excited. So much so I even invited a couple of friends to come along with us. I booked 4 tickets (£10.00 each) for the 9.30pm show on Friday 19th December. Brodsworth Hall has a lovely brand new Visitors Centre at the front of the property which you must now enter through. It houses a well stocked gift shop (love a gift shop). You are then led through the grounds (bring a torch) to the house and into the hall which seats around 50 people, it is also unheated so you need to wrap up warm.

The event was very different this year. This year two very talented guys enacted scenes from different Charles Dickens novels within a broader story which made it very much like a play. My own personal opinion is that this year’s performance was more enjoyable than last years and slightly more light-hearted with a large inject of humour too. My only criticism….in the nicest possible way of course is that it wasn’t long enough at just 1 hour. I would have liked it to go on for a while longer as I was enjoying it so much.

My only other gripe is that the Visitors Centre was closed by the time the performance finished at 10.30(ish) which meant my husband couldn’t go back and buy a cute heart shaped box I had my eye on. Not to worry it just gives us a reason to come back in the future during the day and explore the amazing house and gardens.

I hope that this event, or similar continues every Christmas at Brodsworth Hall because they are a great way to spend an evening in the middle of the Christmas madness. If this sounds like something you would be interested in don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for events at Brodsworth Hall on the English Heritage website. Roll on 2015.


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