Celebrating Christmas Season at Halsway

Are you looking for a venue for your Christmas dinner or fancy some seasonal things to do?  Halsway Manor might be the place for you.

We are getting festive this December with workshops and concerts celebrating seasonal music from the 16th century to the present day. There are also new opportunities to get creative on a willow and wreath making workshops and to hire the manor for your very own Christmas party.

Artist Sarah Webb’s Christmas willow workshops are so popular that additional dates have been added so you can learn how to sculpt a reindeer, weave angels, make wreaths, stars, platters and garlands to decorate your home or give as beautiful gifts.

This years musical offerings span the centuries. Including concerts by Belshazzars’ Feast (Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin), The Mellstock Band, PIVA – the Renaissance collective, and an early outing for new duo First Folio (Steph West – Harp and Matthew Coatsworth – Violin). Together these performances and workshops demonstrate seasonal music evoking Tudor 16th, 17th and 18th Century traditions including West Gallery carolling through to present day interpretations of folk music and song. Expect robust harmonies, catchy tunes, local songs, costumes and some unusual traditional instruments.

Those new to folk music are invited to learn old English Carols in harmony with Matt Norman followed by an afternoon carol concert on 15 Dec and join the Country Christmas Dinner Dance on 22 Dec with the English Contra Dance band and caller Jane Harrison. The house is open to all for carvery dinners on 14 or 15 Dec please book early as these are popular.

During December and January you can book Halsway Manor for your group’s Christmas lunch or evening party. With a tasty menu and accommodation should you need it  Its a rare opportunity to bring your party to this comfortably glamorous and affordable venue with parking, accommodation for up to 40 and licenced bar on site. Relax by the fire in the paneled bar, celebrate with food, music and dance in the main hall, or take a walk in the grounds. This is a rare and lovely opportunity to celebrate in style at our beautiful manor house, just outside of Taunton, this Christmas – contact us for availability.

Sun 1- Tues 3 | Dec . Christmas Bounty Willow (Course)
Sun 1 – Wed 4 Dec Adventures in Storytelling (Course)
Tues 3 Dec / 6-10pm Talking to the Dark (Supper and Stories)
Thur 5 | Dec / 8pm Belshzzars Feast (Concert)
Fri 6- Sun 8 | Dec Christmas in Mellstock – West Gallery Carols with the Mellstock Band (Course)
Mon 9 | Dec / 8pm Christmas Frolics with the Mellstock Band (Concert)
Mon 9, Tues 10 or Wed 11 Dec / 9.30am-5pm Make a Reindeer in a Day (Workshop)
Thurs 12 | Dec / 8pm Yuletide! A Tudor Christmas with PIVA (Concert)
Fri 13 | Dec /7pm Murder at the Manor: A Christmas Mystery (Murder Mystery Dinner)
Sat 14 | Dec / Folk Carols with Matt Norman (Workshop) 10-12.30am
Sat 14 | Dec /Carvery Lunch 1pm
Sat 14 | Dec /Carol concert at 3.30pm
Sun 15 Stars and Angels Willow (workshop) 9.30am – 12.30am
Sun 15 Make a Christmas Wreath (workshop) 9.30am – 12.30am
Sun 15 Christmas Carvery (Lunch) 1pm.
Sun 15 First Folio Concert with Steph West (Harp) and Matthew Coatsworth (Violin) (Concert) 3.30pm
Sun 22 | Dec / 6pm Country Christmas (Dinner and Folk Dance).

During December and January you can book Halsway Manor for your group’s Christmas lunch or evening party. With a tasty menu and accommodation should you need it – contact us for availability.

Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, nestles at the foot of the Quantock Hills (just 15 mins from Taunton) and provides a year-round programme of events and activities in traditional folk music, dance, song, storytelling, folklore and related arts and crafts.