Keep out the winter chills with our Christmas memories interactive talk we know yule love
Christmas traditions at Hylton Castle have changed so much over the past 600 years, which isn't always a bad thing. We no longer have to follow in the 16th century traditions of Sir Robert Hylton and set out a boar's head on the dinner table, neither do we have to eat pies made from raisins and mutton. Even throughout the last 50 years popular traditions have changed and many are no longer with us. For example; the post-war years heralded in the age of plastic, and the trend for artifical foam tree decorations (which were much lighter balls covered in shiny threads) began to replace the pre-war ornate glass baubles. Whilst the decorations of our childhood may no longer be trendy, the sticking to these traditions surrounding them is what connects us to our family, friends and the past.
As the calender turns to December and we slowly creep towards the Christmas,come along and join us as we take a closer look at the Christmas traditions, tales and toys that were all the rage when you were knee high to grasshoppers with local historian and author Andrew Clarke between 1:00 - 3:00 on December at St Bede's Community Centre, Town End Farm. Andrew's free entertaining, interactive, informal talk (complete with books, toys and games from back in the day) will have you all pining for your old roller skates, blow football and Dan Dare comics.
Warm welcome, mince pies and lots of Christmas cheer guaranteed. In addition, we will be lettng you know about the current progress with with castle, and we will also telling you how you can all get involed in helping us shape the castle's interpretation for future generations.