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'Servants' show how to get ready for Christmas

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

A Servants’ Christmas is on display at Saltram House, near Plymouth

A Servants’ Christmas is on display at Saltram House, near Plymouth

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It might not be exactly like Downton Abbey but a Georgian mansion and estate is giving visitors the chance to explore the history of British social hierarchy by experiencing Christmas with the servants.

This year, visitors to National Trust’s Saltram Estate, in Plympton, are invited to join a family event when the domestic areas of the Palladian mansion will be brought to life with the hustle and bustle of a whole host of servants preparing to celebrate the festive season.

Families joining in with the event will meet the various servants and learn about how festive traditions have changed over time, and how different Saltram’s servant Christmas celebrations were from the splendour of the lavish feasting and festivities of the Parker family, who lived at the home for almost 300 years.

Visitors will be able enjoy festive storytelling, decorating gingerbread, making Christmas crafts and joining the housemaids for carols around the Christmas tree with jolly old Saint Nicholas, dressed in his traditional green outfit.

The event, A Servants’ Christmas, takes place between 12 and 4pm on Saturday December 15 and Sunday December 16, with last entry at 3pm.

Timed entry slots will be in operation with bookings taken in visitor reception on the day, so visitors are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Normal garden admission charges apply.

Children can also let off steam by exploring the garden with Saltram’s ‘Twelve days of Christmas’ trail, available at reception for no additional charge.

For further information, contact the team on 01752 333500 or by e-mailing Saltram@nationaltrust.org.uk

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