A TRULY traditional Christmas awaits visitors at a historic hall near Helmsley.

Nunnington Hall, a National Trust property, is exploring Christmas throughout the ages from the fashionable Georgian period to the memorable war years.

From Friday to Sunday, December 15, visitors can view handmade decorations, including more than 50 metres of paper-chains, a 10ft tower of gifts and a seasonal floral display.

Laura Kennedy, visitor experience manager, said: “We are extremely excited to be celebrating not only one period from history, but three iconic eras.

“Every room is a surprise and shares fascinating details of how some of our most beloved and iconic Christmas traditions were established and still celebrated today.

“Particular favourites for this year are the Victorian feast laid out in the oak hall, which includes meats, pies, puddings, exotic fruit and sweet treats, and a collection of Meccano constructions in the 1950s drawing room.”

Visitors to Nunnington Hall will be welcomed to the Victorian era by the butler with a tot of sherry to enjoy, before stepping back to the sweet feasting of the 18th century and the contrast of the recent war years and rationing.

The Victorian Father Christmas experience will take place each weekend, with children receiving gifts and enjoying festive crafts. Booking is essential to visit Father Christmas, by phoning 01439 748283.

Nunnington Hall is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Christmas visits until Sunday December 15, from 10.30am to 4pm. Last admission will be 3.15pm.

For more information, visit nationaltrust.org.uk/nunnington