Festive fun at Strangers’ Hall in Norwich

Families enjoyed some good old-fashioned festive fun at a Norwich heritage attraction today.

Strangers' Hall has been hosting a special Christmas of Yesteryear event and Father Christmas made sure he was there to join in with all the seasonal festivities. Sitting in his workshop that was crammed full of toys from days gone by, he greeted excited youngsters and spread some seasonal cheer.

Among the children to meet the festive fellow were six-year-olds Eleanor Richarsdon, from Lakenham, and Naima Tyler-Berry, from the north of Norwich. They were both delighted to see Father Christmas and also had fun making Christmas decorations with their brothers Owen Richardson, four, and Finn Tyler-Berry, four.

Eleanor's mum Suzannah Jex, 37, said: 'It is just a really nice place to come for a Christmas event. It is not glittery and commercial. It is a just a really nice atmosphere and we have enjoyed looking around the museum.'

Among the other festivities at the medieval townhouse was traditional music from lute and hurdy-gurdy players and the chance to make baubles for your Christmas tree and pomanders.

Bethan Holdridge, curatorial assistant at the museum, said it had been a popular festive event that had given families the chance to step back in time, and it gave older generations the chance to reminisce about Christmases from their own childhoods. Families can also enjoy Christmas of Yesteryear at Strangers' Hall on Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30am until 4pm.

• Are you putting on a festive event in the city? Email reporter Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk