Batts and Baubles – Christmas at Oakwell Hall


Oakwell Hall in Birstall is giving everyone an early Christmas present. It is throwing open its doors on Thursday evening, 10 December, so you can enjoy the exciting new attractions added recently as part of a major refurbishment.

Between 4.30pm and 6.30pm, there’s free entry to the Hall which is presented as the Batt family home of the 1690s. You are invited to come along for festive drinks and mince pies and discover some of the colourful stories the building has to tell.

Talking portraits are among the new interactives which, along with imaginative displays and information panels, bring to life the sights and sounds of the Hall from its origin in the 1560s, through bloody battles of the English Civil War, a 19th Century boarding school, to a much-loved visitor attraction and hugely successful film location.

Costumed staff will be on hand to welcome you, show you around the Hall and encourage you to have a go at traditional crafts such as pomanders and God’s Eyes.

Christmas shopping with a difference

At the same time, the shop in the Visitor Centre courtyard will be offering a very modern Christmas experience – late night shopping with 10 per cent off all purchases.

The shop, revamped as part of the refurbishment programme, is full of Christmas sparkle with festive decorations, seasonal goodies and local produce.

There are Fair Trade decorations made from natural materials, glass angels, painted fir cones and scented candles alongside shabby chic and quirky homewares, traditional William Morris pottery, a range of local interest books and lots of stocking-filler toys.

In addition, there is a range of jams, jellies and chutneys, locally produced honey and peanut butter and Oakwell’s own Yorkshire Pantry range of biscuits and fudge.

You will be able to enjoy drinks and tastings of the some of the produce on sale in the shop.

The refurbishment, which included improvements to the Barn and new Visitor Courtyard gates, was carried out thanks to our funding as well as from Arts Council England, the Friends of Oakwell and PPG Industries, Batley.

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