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It’s a 1940s Christmas

Sunday 19th November 11am-4pm

Join Mr and Mrs Barnes as they celebrate Christmas at Manor Cottage, 1940s style.

Christmas would have been very different during World War Two. With rationing and the fear of bombing, things could be difficult, but Mr and Mrs Barnes have decorated Manor cottage and are inviting you to enjoy some festive fun.

Swinging 1940s music will fill Manor Cottage from a live ukulele band and you can chat to the family to find out how they like to celebrate. Get yourself ready to party by trying a 1940s hair style for the day (£3) and perhaps setting off on a vintage bus ride. (£2 per adult, children free)

Festive food is on the menu with a very special WW2 Christmas cake and we will be crushing apples from the orchard to make a wintery spiced drink to go with it. You can also try your hand at kids Christmas stocking craft (£1), investigate our special Wishing tree and even ride on our farm donkey (£2 per ride)!

Even though we are inviting you to enjoy the festivities, you might need to help out with the chores. There is always washing to be done in the laundry so please give us a hand to clean the clothes…without electricity!

While the fun gets going, the war is always there. You can get a feel for how it felt to live war’s shadow, meeting a BBC wartime correspondent and having a look at the Anderson shelter and WW2 jeep. You may also meet the ARP warden who will teach you how to put out an incendiary bomb with a stirrup pump and show you a wide range of other WW2 artefacts.

Entry £1 (additional cost for activities)


Artist Open Studios

Take a vintage bus ride to Manor Oaks studios where the artists will be opening their studio doors once again, joined by a range of craftspeople. Visit to see inside the working spaces of some of our city’s most creative residents, and maybe make some headway with your Christmas shopping.

Artists at Manor Oaks include ceramicist Anna Mercedes Wear, woodworkers Finbarr Lucas and Becca Hopkinson and jeweller, Annette Petch. In our starter studio you will find ceramicists Rebecca Brown and Matt Calder as well as Sophie Lester and Bethany Stafford who will be running activities for visitors to join in with.

In the courtyard we will have Andrew Renwick blacksmithing, Neil Trinder turning green wood on a pole lathe, and Nadine Grundy carving spoons and other items from green wood. The public will be able to join in with some activities (charged separately).Alan Edwards from The Bodgers will once again be whittling willow flowers and stoking the the firepits.

Free entry