Hall opens for candlelit Christmas

Shandy Hall, the North Yorkshire museum and former home of writer Laurence Stern, is opening its doors this Christmas for the first time.

Today and tomorrow visitors to the museum have a chance to experience what the festive period was like in an 18th century parsonage, with candlelit rooms, log fires and traditional decorations.

And collections officer Elinor Camille-Wood, has been helping to prepare the Christmas candlelit history tour of Shandy Hall that spans 600 years and includes a chance to see a hidden 15th century wall painting which is not normally on display. There will also be a chance to venture into a cellar that has never been open to the public. Shandy Hall is in the village of Coxwold, about 15 miles north of York. Booking for the tour is essential.