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Winter indulgence in the build up to Christmas at Goddards

Every weekend until 21 December, Goddards in York, will be open for the first time for winter weekends. Visitors to the former home of the Terry family can enjoy special winter indulgent experiences where they can dine, relax and have a wander around the house.

The National Trust has dressed Goddards for Christmas – and in style – with winter greenery from the gardens and with many of the Terry’s iconic chocolate products on show. There is sure to be something for everyone with food, drinks, games and music to be enjoyed over these weekends. The fires will be lit downstairs, perfect for coming in from the cold and toasting toes away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Discover many of the Terry’s Christmas stories and traditions on a visit through the house and it’s dressed up rooms. In the 1930s, the Terry family celebrated in a very traditional style, with Christmas trees cut from the gardens and brought into the house, whilst games with family and friends were at the heart of proceedings. Much of the dressing of the house and the presentation of the rooms look back at the Terry family Christmas experience. Visitors can discover family Christmas cards, fiercely fought high scoring games of bagatelle and even some of the family traditions about hanging paper chains up the stairs. Traditionally the family also made their Christmas puddings in October to be ready for the festive season.

The centre piece of the Terry family Christmas was lunch and in their tradition, Goddards will be offering indulgent dining. There are lots of options for eating – from a bookable two or three course hot meal with the infamous chocolate orange pudding for dessert, to a snacking menu with warming rarebit or scones plus cakes, teas and coffees on offer. All these indulgences can be enjoyed in the former family dining room, drawing room or even the playroom.

Clare Fletcher, visitor experience and volunteering manager says, “We are very excited to be showing the house in winter for the first time. We are looking forward to crackling fires and the feel of a real family home at Christmas. Come along and relax and dine with us and discover more about the family and enjoy a nostalgic look back at the chocolate story of York.”

Goddards will be open Saturdays and Sundays now until 21 December from 11am – 3.30pm. For more information tel: 01904 771930 or visit


For further media information

Clare Fletcher, Visitor Experience and Volunteering Manager on 01904 771930 or 01904 771962

About Goddards

Goddards is former family home of Noel Terry, of the famous Terry’s of York chocolate firm. Built in 1927, the house was home to Noel, Kathleen, Peter, Betty and Richard Terry until in the 1980’s it was bought as the National Trust regional office. In 2012, part of the house and the garden was opened with a tearoom to visitors who can now enjoy a mix of period rooms, beautiful gardens and exhibitions. For further information visit