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News Release - Issued by The JORVIK Group

Father Christmas Makes Barley Hall His Home

Jolly old St Nick has picked the medieval townhouse as his base of operations this December to help spread festive cheer.

Christmas in York is set to become even more special as Father Christmas himself sets up a new grotto in the city. Based at Barley Hall, a medieval townhouse off Stonegate in the city centre St Nick is planning a series of traditional and personalised festive events to bring back the magic of Christmas.

Guests have the option of coming along to Barley Hall for a festive breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, followed by seasonal stories, fun games and some traditional crafting activities. Visitors to the Parlour grotto will also meet Father Christmas and receive a special gift from the man himself to take home and put under the tree.

“Barley Hall has the reputation for being one of the best decorated houses in York during the festive period, with our use of traditional trees, greenery, bowering and toys for the season, along with our Christmas banquet displays in the Great Hall - so its no wonder Father Christmas himself has chosen the hall as his base during December.”

Commented Danielle Daglan, head of festivals and events at York Archaeological Trust, the owners of Barley Hall.

“We’ve worked very closely with the man himself to create a traditional experience for our visitors, young and young at heart.”

It is also understood that Father Christmas himself will be sending out personal invitations to each of his young guests to Barley Hall.

Father Christmas will be visiting Barley Hall on Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December, receiving visitors at 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm. Booking is essential in order to fully personalise the experience, and parents are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Places are priced at £12 which includes personalised invitation, gift, refreshments and the take home craft activity.

Visit for more details or contact Father Christmas’ helpers on 01904 615505.


Notes to Editors

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the relatively modern facade of a derelict office block. Only when the building was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval building discovered and its history uncovered.

The hall is part of the JORVIK Group of Attractions, which is owned by York Archaeologival Trust, a registered charity in England & Wales (No.509060) and Scotland (No. SCO42846) includes:

JORVIK Viking Centre - which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014
DIG - An Archaeological Adventure
The Richard III Experience at Monk Bar - New for 2014
The Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar - New for 2014.

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