The Story of a Butler’s Christmas

Butler's Christmas 1

Bob France has volunteered as a Tour Guide at both Uppark and Petworth Houses. His work has taken in Costume Interpreter activities in various roles, including butler from Georgian and Victorian eras.

Butler's Christmas 2

Bob will explore the Christmas tradition through the eyes of John Dine, Petworth’s ancient butler, looking at how dramatically Christmas changed from his Georgian youth to late Victorian times. Discover how our Christmas traditions developed. Why did Father Christmas change from green to red? Did the Georgians have Christmas trees, presents and turkeys? What were Mumpers and Hodlers? Why was Boxing Day so important?  Plenty of insight and amusement – a  joyful way to herald the festive season!

This entertaining talk will be held at St Joan’s Center, Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ

Monday 9 December, 20:00

Refreshments from 19:30

Tickets on Entry:

Members £6 Non-Members £8 Students £4

To pre-book please email:

Please note change of date and venue

This has become necessary now that the general election has been called for 12 December.

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