CHRISTMAS from the bygone Victorian age was the inspiration for a spectacular transformation of Newstead Abbey to celebrate the festive season.
It wasn’t quite ‘Downton Abbey’, the fictional spectacular that has been such a huge TV hit.
But from a giant tree in the Great Hall to floral swags and carols ringing out from some of the historic rooms, the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron oozed seasonal style.
The event, entitled ‘Christmas At The Abbey’, was making a welcome return after it was axed two years ago to save money.
Vistors revelled in the decorations and tucked into traditional Christmas food at the abbey cafe.
House steward Penny Beniston said: “The house was beautifully decorated for Christmas, with rooms coming to live with seasonal entertainment.
“This was a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of the splendour of this historic house.”
Floral decorations for the Christmas celebration were created by students from Hucknall College, run by New College Nottingham’s (ncn), on Portland Road.
Displays featured natural materials from the abbey’s grounds and decorated the entrance, cloisters and several rooms.
Floristry lecturer Catherine Hampson said: “This was a great opportunity for the students to decorate a historical venue and to showcase their floristry talents.”