Victorian Christmas at Osborne House

Yesterday, we went to Osborne House for the Victorian Christmas event.  It looked gorgeous – really Christmassy.  Unfortunately, my son was enthusiastic about going to see Father Christmas in his Grotto.  So we paid the three quid and joined the queue.  And waited.  And waited.  And waited.  Seriously – the lady who took our money said it was a 25 minute wait but it was actually an hour and a half before we got to the front of the queue.  We ended up playing I spy with the girls immediately behind us.  We weren’t the only ones getting cross about it – the two guys at the front of the queue were clearly told to go on a charm offensive through the queue to stop all the bad tempered looking women complaining.

Osborne House
Osborne House

Now, the thing is, I am rather conflicted – when we actually got in there, the Father Christmas was the Best Father Christmas I Have Ever Met.  Really, he was spot on.  So that was great.  But the queue was just plain unacceptable.  So should I complain or not?

Father Christmas
Father Christmas

After The Longest Queue EVER, we went into the house and met Queen Victoria.

Here she is!
Here she is!

She was graciously receiving her subjects so my son had a nice, long chat with her.  In fact, the house was looking brilliant – it’s just the sort of place that does Christmas well.

So pretty
So pretty
My daughter had never seen a chandelier before
My daughter had never seen a chandelier before
Staircase!
Staircase!
Spindle - my children knew that these existed but had never seen one before.  They spent quite a long time looking at it
Spindle – my children knew that these existed but had never seen one before. They spent quite a long time looking at it
Dunbar room
Dunbar room

My photos inside the house aren’t all that brilliant – it’s quite dark and this makes it more difficult.

Osborne House
Osborne House
We went there BEFORE it started raining
We went there BEFORE it started raining
My son had a go on these
My son had a go on these
My daughter had two rides on this (while I was in the giant queue)
My daughter had two rides on this (while I was in the giant queue)
Roasting chestnuts
Roasting chestnuts

Apart from all the Christmas stuff, Osborne House is a great place to visit.  When I next have time, I’m going to have a look through their plants (by the time we got to the plants section, the kids were completely done).

They sell plants
They sell plants
I LOVE their teucrium - I wonder whether they sell it?
I LOVE their teucrium – I wonder whether they sell it?

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