Hundreds attracted to hall’s festive weekends

Christmas at Gunby Hall. Staff and volunteers singing Christmas Carols. Piano played by Colin Everson of Halton Holegate.
Christmas at Gunby Hall. Staff and volunteers singing Christmas Carols. Piano played by Colin Everson of Halton Holegate.
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Hundreds of people visited National Trust property Gunby Hall and Gardens, near Spilsby, across three Christmas open weekends.

Saturday and Sunday was the last in the series of the seasonal events.

Christmas at Gunby Hall. Pictured (from left) are Sue Cushen - volunteer, Rachel Marriott, Hamish Blair, Anne Pearson, Millie Blair - staff members.

Christmas at Gunby Hall. Pictured (from left) are Sue Cushen - volunteer, Rachel Marriott, Hamish Blair, Anne Pearson, Millie Blair - staff members.

The theme for the weekends was The Twelve Days of Christmas and visitors were able to find elements of the popular carol in the house and gardens.

Astrid Gatenby, visitor experience manager, said: “In total nearly 750 visitors were welcomed, who all felt much more ‘Christmassy’ after their visit. With lots of decorations, Christmas pudding stirring, mistletoe for kisses, a Christmas wish tree, and paper chain making there was something for everyone to enjoy.

“The small army of local volunteers were on hand to sing carols with visitors round the grand Bluthner piano in the Music Room and to give information about the history of Gunby and its impressive collection.”

She added: “Gunby’s staff and volunteers would like to wish all the Spilsby and Skegness Standard readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!”

Christmas at Gunby Hall. Volunteer Heather Brown with Nine Drummers Drumming.

Christmas at Gunby Hall. Volunteer Heather Brown with Nine Drummers Drumming.

Gunby will now close for conservation cleaning to reopen again at Easter.

Kathleen Berg and Alan Morris entertaining the guests.

Kathleen Berg and Alan Morris entertaining the guests.