Spend Christmas with the Cromwells at closed doors events in Ely this December

Cromwell’s House will be opening its doors to visitors this Christmas with a range of events to dispel myths on how Christmas was celebrated during Cromwell’s era.

Cromwell’s House will be opening its doors to visitors this Christmas with a range of events to dispel myths on how Christmas was celebrated during Cromwell’s era.

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Cromwell’s House will be opening its doors to visitors this Christmas with a range of events to dispel myths on how the holiday was celebrated during Cromwell’s era.

The ‘Behind Closed Doors’ events will run throughout December and includes everything from guided tours to festive food tastings.

Visitors to the House can already participate in a Christmas Trail – “What would Oliver Cromwell say?”. The trail is a chance to learn more about Christmas traditions as well as hear what the Cromwell’s might have said about some of ways that homes are decorated today.

Renowned for banning Christmas, the trail also explains how families did indeed celebrate Christmas in Cromwellian times, only behind closed doors.

‘Festive Food’ with Nora Gardner on Wednesday December 6 gives visitors the further chance to discover how Christmas was celebrated in secret during the Commonwealth.

Explore the ingredients and flavours that inspired a 17th Century Christmas meals with a local guide and historian and watch old recipes being made in Mrs Cromwell’s original kitchen and taste the results.

Professor Martyn Bennett, author of internationally acclaimed works on the English civil wars and a popular biography of Oliver Cromwell will be giving an audience with, entitled ‘Cromwell, Christmas and Confusion’ on Thursday December 14 at 7pm.

On both Thursday December 21 and Friday December 22, Professor A Bismal will be holding his “A Cruel and Creepy Christmas” tours, taking visitors through the history of Christmas traditions from the times of King George the IV through the World War One trenches and finishing up with a Christmas tale from the Victorian era.

Tracey Harding, tourism and town centres manager said: “With guided winter walks also running throughout the festive period, we are thrilled to be able to offer such a wide variety of Christmas events this year and hope that there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

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