An antique dining table and roaring log fire will be waiting for children on Sunday 16th December, when they meet Father Christmas in the banqueting hall of Hoghton Tower, Lancashire’s only true baronial residence.
The ancestral home of the de Hoghton family since the 11th Century, Grade I listed Hoghton Tower is a magnificent fortified manor house occupying a commanding hilltop position close to the village of Hoghton, Preston. The current building dates from the 1560s, and is one of the finest Renaissance buildings in England. The interiors were sympathetically restored in the 19th Century, in Gothic and Tudor Revival tradition.
The state rooms of Hoghton are closed to the public for the winter period, although group tours can be arranged. However, Sunday 16th December sees the Festive Merchant of Hoghton market, during which time children can meet Father Christmas in the grand banqueting hall, decorated in mediaeval fashion. A trail of Santa sacks leads them through an archway into the inner courtyard, where a massive oak door leads them to the jolly red-faced man himself. Youngsters are given a gift from under the tree, while parents admire the antique dining tables , oak settles and Tudor panelling of their surroundings.
Held every month, the Merchant of Hoghton producers market is the largest in Lancashire. With dozens of stalls selling all manner of locally sourced meat, fish, fruit and other produce, plus a gift shop and tea room, it’s hard to imagine a better place to shop for Christmas. Antique dealers in Preston have Victorian balloon backed dining chairs and antique dining tables to make the occasion complete.
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