Aston Hall by Candlelight

09 December 2011


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Aston Hall re-enactors during the Candle Light event. Copyright © Guy Evans, Birmingham Culture.Aston Hall re-enactors during the Candle Light event. Copyright © Guy Evans, Birmingham Culture.

Aston Hall is one of the country’s finest Jacobean houses and visitors to its December event will be able to see it at its most breath-taking, lit by around 300 shimmering candles. The popular Aston Hall by Candlelight event returns with a Victorian Christmas for 2011, running from 2-11 December.

Aston Hall, Birmingham. Copyright © Guy Evans, Birmingham Culture.

Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, declared Aston Hall and park open to the public as a ‘a boon and comfort to the people of Birmingham” in 1858, following the death of the previous occupant, James Watt jnr.

One hundred and fifty three years later, she will make a return visit to Aston Hall in a re-enactment by historical performer Sylvia Strange. She will be welcomed by Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture.

Queen Victoria re-enactor, Aston Hall by Candlelight 2009. Copyright © Guy Evans, Birmingham Culture.

Her Majesty’s original visit was at the request of the Aston Hall and Park Committee who wanted to save the Hall from either being pulled down or turned into building plots.  It was eventually purchased by the Birmingham Corporation in 1863 as a place of ‘recreation’ for the working classes.

Visitors to the event will be able to see actors, musicians and performers recreate a Victorian Christmas with Queen Victoria and see the two state chairs that were made especially for her original visit. Amongst the entertainment, there will be Christmas Carols and seasonal music performed in the Great Hall around the magnificent decorated Christmas tree.

Aston Hall by Candlelight, 2009. Copyright © Guy Evans, Birmingham Culture.

 

Musicians entertain in the Great Hall, Aston Hall by Candlelight 2009. Copyright © Guy Evans, Birmingham Culture.

 

 Further information

Aston Hall by Candlelight tickets are £12 adults, £10 children (6-16 years), concs, £44 family (2 adults, up to 3 children). Please call 0121 303 1966. Tickets are also available online at www.bmag.org.uk. For more 2011 Christmas events happening in Birmingham, such as a festive parade and nativity art trail, check out Birmingham’s Christmas programme at www.bmag.org.uk or the Birmingham County Council website.

Post by Birmingham City Council.

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