Sample a Victorian Christmas at Beaulieu

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In 2010, families are expected to crowd around their 3D TVs and watch hit movies such as Avatar during the holiday season.

But in Victorian times, children would crowd sit around the piano and sing carols and receive hand-made gifts from loved ones.

Take a step back to the Victorian period with a visit to Beaulieu this Christmas.

Palace House, home of the Montagu family since 1538, is a place of enchantment at this special time of year.

When visiting, children can delve into a 'Box of Delights' and dress up in period costumes while in the Lower Drawing Room there will be carol singing around the grand piano for everyone to enjoy.

Visitors can talk to characters from Victorian times to discover what life was really like 'Upstairs and Downstairs' at Christmas time.

Warm yourself in front of the yule log fireplace whilst enjoying a glass of hot fruit punch also.

See the difference in home festive decorations between now and then and view the magnificent Christmas tree in the Upper Drawing Room.

Beaulieu is open from 10am to 5pm daily, except Christmas Day.

A family ticket costs 43.75. For more information visit beaulieu.co.uk