Our Christmas event came earlier than usual this year, so it was great to see it so well supported by our visitors. We were once again honoured with the presence (presents?) of Father Christmas (known to some as Santa Claus) who passed around some early gifts to our younger visitors.
Here was the day’s itinerary:
Adding to the Christmas spirit (with voices as warm and comforting as a glass of mulled wine) were the Castle Bromwich Singers. Here is a modest video of one of the songs, complete with an impromptu electronic introduction. Apologies if you noticed the sound going in and out of sync - I hope it doesn’t detract too much (I’ve asked Santa for a Class 10 SDHC Card for next year!).
The performance was held in our Visitors Centre, where delicious seasonal food and drink was served by our very busy kitchen volunteers.
Of course Christmas at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens would not be complete without the annual Christmas Mummer’s Play, performed as always by the splendid and resplendent Brummagem Mummers who wasted no time in taking their usual liberties (in all respects).
The sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed that the troupe bear an uncanny resemblance to the Glorishears of Brummagem. Ten house points to anyone who spotted this. Anyway, here are some photographs of the play:
Once again the West Midlands Woodturners became Santa's elves for the day. Here’s a quick look at some of the lovely items that they produced.
A new dimension to our Christmas Celebrations was added by The Flux Dance Theatre, who put on a show to help raise funds for Cancer Research. A fantastic job they did too. Believe me, it’s no easy matter to dance on short damp grass and stay upright, yet alone to be as graceful as these young ladies:
Our craft stalls were very busy, with lots of goodies along with more creative activities for the youngsters:
But as usual the real star in all of this was the Gardens themselves, quietly sparkling with seasonal sights, colours, sounds, and smells:
So once again our Christmas Event was a memorable afternoon of seasonal fun. We’re beginning to make a habit of this aren't we?
Thanks to all of our visitors for their support, and to the volunteers and staff who make the whole thing possible.
So all that’s left for us is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and peaceful New Year.
By the way - if you must make a new year’s resolution - how about becoming a volunteer? Click here for details.
Text video and photographs by Graham High - 2013. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.