Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle is getting into the festive spirit with its much-loved 'Christmas at the Castle' weekend on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December.
This annual event attracts visitors from far and wide to enjoy the Castle looking at its festive best, with seasonal activities and fun for the whole family.
One of the highlights of the day will be the chance to meet Father Christmas and receive a special gift.
Children can take part in a variety of craft activities including making a Christmas dove decoration, getting their face painted and writing that all-important letter to Father Christmas.
Visitors can stir the Christmas pudding and make pomanders in the Castle's Scullery with the housemaid, who will be busy preparing food for the festive season and needs some help! Out in the Carriage Circle the Castle's Coachman will be offering horse and carriage rides on Sunday.
Entertainment from local choirs and musical groups, craft and gift stalls plus rooms dressed for the festive season complete the event which is a firm favourite with visitors.
As well as enjoying the Christmas event visitors can explore the new developments at Hartlebury Castle including marveling at talking portraits, promenading the Long Gallery and following in the footsteps of royalty as they stroll around the moat on a new walk revealing the grounds for the very first time.
Pippa Ashmore, Events Officer, said: "Christmas is all about enjoying ourselves and spending time with loved ones. The County Museum offers the perfect atmosphere for some traditional festive fun and entertainment, at an affordable price."
For more information about the festive weekends or about the County Museum, contact 01299 250416 or go to the Museums Worcestershire website.
Hartlebury Castle is open 1 February – 23 December, Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am – 5pm. Hartlebury Castle is situated off the A449, three miles south of Kidderminster, ten miles north of Worcester.