Winter wonderland brings Christmas cheer to Haden Hill House

By James Vukmirovic | Cradley Heath | Attractions | Published:

A Sandwell house and museum welcomed in people from all over the community to celebrate Christmas.

Haden Hill House Museum and Old Hall held the Winter Wonderland event on the grounds of the hall in Cradley Heath.

More than 1,000 people attended the event, taking the opportunity to view the beautifully decorated Victorian-style houses.

A snow machine provided a full winter setting, with children having the opportunity to play in the snow and meet Santa as he walked around the grounds.

Rachel Conlisk from Spinsonic Circus creates giant bubbles at the Winter Wonderland event at Haden Hill House

There was also a range of activities available for people to try, including musical instruments such as sleigh bells, tambourines and drums for children and adults alike to play with.

Jane Hanney-Martin, Museums Services Manager for Sandwell Council, said the hall did a different event every year, including fairy tales, and decided to do a Winter theme this year.

She said: "It's been a really lovely atmosphere today and I've been pleased to see so many people come into the house and enjoy themselves.

Sandwell Council visitor services officer Alison Hyatt, and collections officer Jack Whitehead are dressed to impress at Winter Wonderland


"We've tried to make today a cheap and accessible day of fun and it's great to see local people and people from around the region enjoying themselves."

The event marks the end of a month of festive activities at the hall, with events such as children's letters to Santa and an adult candle-lit evening having taken place since the middle of November.

It also helps bring the year to an end at the museum, which will now close until April next year.

Five-year-old Annie Taylor plays in the snow at Haden Hill House

Jane said: "We've tried to make today's event bring in the spirit of Christmas and help people find a place away from the manicness of Christmas.

"It's been a great way to bring the year at the museum to an end as a last crescendo."

James Vukmirovic

By James Vukmirovic
Community Reporter - @jamesvukmirovic

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