Queen's House closure

Visitor notice: On Saturday 11 November, the Great Hall, Tulip Stairs and some ground floor rooms will be closed from 2pm. The rest of the House and galleries remain open including the Armada Portrait

Essential information

Event type: 
Date and time: 
7 December | 6pm - 9.30pm
Price: 
£30 | concessions: £25
Location: 
Queen's House
Season: 
Christmas
Evenings and Lates
Queen's House

Join us as we celebrate a vintage ‘white Christmas’ in the Queen’s House.

Be prepared to sing along with Britain’s biggest boy band, the London Gay Men’s Chorus. Be creative with our retro craft events and enjoy a 1950s cocktail on arrival. The dress code is strictly vintage with a special prize for the most glamorous outfit. Be warned, our resident story-teller will reveal his favourite Christmas ghost story.

Programme for the evening

18.00  Arrival via the Undercroft and a welcome cocktail in the Great Hall

Drop-in workshop: Join Miss Libby Rose sewing aromatic Christmas-shaped hangings. Using lovely fabrics and ribbons we will stitch and embroider fun festive words then fill the hangings using a mixture of festive herbs including cloves and cinnamon to make a gorgeous vintage style hanging for your home.

18.30   Christmas wreath-making with Catherine Clancy

            Ghost stories with the Queen’s House Father Christmas

19.15    Performance by the London Gay Men’s Chorus (Great Hall)

20.00 Christmas wreath-making with Catherine Clancy

            Ghost stories with the Queen’s House Father Christmas

            Singing workshop with the London Gay Men’s Chorus

20.45  Prize-giving for the most glamorous outfit (Great Hall)

21.00  Performance by the London Gay Men’s Chorus (Great Hall) with an opportunity to join in some community singing.

There will be a cash bar and festive eats and treats on sale.

Contributors

Catherine Clancy is a passionate garden designer and RHS qualified horticulturalist. Catherine studied garden design at the English Garden School and the RHS Dip Hort at Hadlow College. She is a fully registered member of the Society of Garden Designers. Although small town gardens and courtyards are her speciality, she has also designed larger family gardens, edible gardens, front gardens and country gardens for clients.

Miss Libby Rose is a sewing & fashion design teacher with a light, fun approach to classes sharing her belief that the art of sewing is indeed also a mindful practice to make you feel good. Taking this message across the country in a fabulous vintage ‘Pink Sewing Bus’ helped along the way by her sponsors Hobbycraft & Janome, Libby loves to share her skills to all, from working in community centres through to after-school sewing clubs for kids plus workshops at Hobbycraft stores across the country and sharing her expertise at Kirstie Allsop’s Handmade Fair (Hampton Court),  The Knitting and Stitching Shows (Alexandra Palace), The Great British Sewing Bee Live (Excel London) and events at our very own Greenwich Market. Follow the journey on social media @pinksewingbus @misslibbyrose and at her website.

London Gay Men’s Chorus

In 1991, nine friends came together to sing a few Christmas carols at Angel Underground Station hoping to raise a few pounds for the Terrence Higgins Trust. Fast-forward 26 years, and this once small band of singers now calls itself the London Gay Men’s Chorus. Boasting over 200 members, a selection of whom will join us for the evening, the LGMC is the largest male voice choir in Europe and regularly plays to sell-out crowds across the UK, Europe, the US and beyond.

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