A make and mend Christmas at Crathes

Crathes Castle: Soldiers and nurses in the 1940s
Crathes Castle: Soldiers and nurses in the 1940s

The team at the National Trust for Crathes Castle are recreating a 1940s Christmas to celebrate 70 years since the end of World War Two.

The event, titled ‘Christmas on the Home Front’ will run run this weekend, and hark back to the time when Crathes was a hospital for convalescing servicemen.

Event organiser Hazel Morrison said: “We’re excited to be recreating this fascinating period in Crathes’ history for our festive event this year.

“In part it’s celebrating 70 years since the end of the war, and in part, it ties in with the colour film we’re showing just now of the castle being used as a hospital during the war.

“We’re really looking to strip back the glitz and glamour of Christmas this year and show what it would have been like on the home front.”

There will be period details aplenty as castle guides ‘make do and mend’, plus there will be lindy hopping - a dance that evolved in Harlem in the 1920s alongside jazz music and later became a wartime recreation - in the Horsemill.

The event runs on December 5 and December 6 from 10.30am to 4pm.

Reindeer parades take place at 12.30pm and 2.30pm both days.

Entry costs £6 for adults, £4 for children, £18 for a family.

For more information, contact 0844 493 2166.