An English Renaissance Christmas

1st December to 18th December 2016

This year we will be looking at one of England's most prominent eras in history. Changes in art, literature and music influenced the late 15th to early 17th centuries, and will influence the theme around the hall.

The hall will open at 10.30am and close at 4pm (last entry at 3pm).

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The fires shall roar, garlands shall shroud, fir will adorn and gold will glisten.

Wonderful music shall spiral throughout the hall. There shall be: performances and demonstrations on traditional instruments by the ‘Doncaster Waites’; choral renditions in the chapel by ‘Vocalium’; a concert in the Long Gallery by the Royal Northern College of Music. As well as bell ringing, brass ensembles and carols.

There shall be dancing by the historic group, ‘Gloriana’ and the works of William Shakespeare will provide the inspiration for the decoration of the Medieval Banqueting Hall, Tudor panelled Parlour and the Early English Renaissance Long Gallery, State Bedroom and Great Chamber.

Come in the day for poetry and spoken word, music and festivity. Or come in the quiet of the evening for a candlelit tour when the glass in the Tudor windows shall sparkle and fires will glow.


Haddon with its nine hundred year history has always come alive at Christmas.

Feasting, fun and festivity has always reigned for all to enjoy. The spirit of the past has not changed and we hope you and your family will join us from the 1st-18th December for a memorable, merry moment.

Special events include:

3rd & 10th December - Doncaster Waites - This early music group returns to talk about their instruments, and perform in our Long Gallery.

4th December - Gloriana - Founded in 1978 this group from Wolverhampton study early music and dance. They will be performing during the day from 11am, with opportunities for visitors to get involved.

5th December - Tideswell Singers - The choir will be performing at 12pm and 2:30pm.

7th, 8th, 9th, 12th & 13th December - Candlelight Tours

11th December - Burbage Handbell Bellringers 

14th December - Patrick Harding will be giving a talk at 12pm about Christmas, its origins and traditions both past and present.

17th December - performances by Vocalium - Founded in 2011 by Dale Webb (chairman of the Elizabethan Madrigal Singers Alumni), The choir currently has 20 members, all of whom sing with other choirs of significant local and national reputation, including the BBC Symphony Chorus and Leeds Philharmonic Choir.

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The Haddon Restaurant and Haddon Marquee will also be open for Christmas. For more information about eating at Haddon please click here.

Please note that the gardens may not be open at Christmas depending on weather conditions.