The run up to Christmas
We had a very busy week last week with The Christmas Carol Tours. Organised by the Travel Company, Groups Direct, hundreds of visitors had fantastic festive day here at Layer Marney Tower. After a short Guided Tour of the Tower, full of Christmas trees, decorations and lots of glittery baubles and greenery, the visitors enjoyed a three course Christmas lunch in the Long Gallery. They moved across the Layer Marney Tower lawns to the parish church where the Old Telephone Exchange Barbershop group entertained them with carols and there was an abridged Christmas Carol narrated by the amazing actor Matthew Jewson, Everyone enjoyed singing Hark the Herald Angels Sing and God Rest you Merry Gentlemen finishing with the Twelve Days of Christmas (with actions!) The day ended with mulled wine and mince pies in the Corsellis Room. We certainly all felt very Christmassy after that week!
Although the office winds down for the Christmas week, we have a wedding just after Christmas and one on New Year’s Eve. With our biomass boiler, to keep everyone warm, we love winter weddings with the chance for some beautiful sparkly decorations.
Preparing for the cold months ahead
The horses are in their stables at night now, the goats have been moved to the barn to keep them warm. The sheep, Castle Milk Moorits, are amazingly hardy, coming from the borders of Scotland, cope very well in cold weather, even lambing without too much assistance when the lambing season arrives in the spring. We greatly miss our ginger cat, Orlando, who sadly died this year. Hopefully there will be news of a new kitten in the new year. One cat doesn’t seem enough for a huge place like this even if Marmaduke does her best to get in every photograph taken…Keep an eye on our Animals at Layer Marney Tower Instagram updates.
Happy Christmas and Happy New Year
We would like to say happy Christmas and New Year to all our visitors and very much look forward to seeing you at Layer Marney Tower in 2019. Keep up to date with the happenings at the Tower via FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter.