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Did Oliver Cromwell really ban Christmas?

This December, Oliver Cromwell House is inviting visitors to a special ‘Puritan Christmas Party’.

The event on Saturday 19 December from 2pm, will offer a glimpse at what Puritans got up to at this time of the year and see how families celebrated behind closed doors.

This guided tour will provide the answer as to whether Cromwell really did ban Christmas and allow visitors to learn when the Christmas traditions celebrated today were first introduced.

Providing music and poetry throughout the tour will be Norfolk based Doin’ Different who will encouraging people to join them in a carol sing-a-long at the end before they enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine.

Tracey Harding, Tourism & Town Centres Manager at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “The way we celebrate Christmas in the 21st Century would leave the Puritans of the 1600s completely baffled but if we delve a little deeper many would be surprised of the things which still unite us all across the generations. The ‘Puritan Christmas Party’ is sure to be an occasion to remember and I hope everyone who comes along will learn a huge amount as well as have a little fun. So don’t waste any time – get in touch with us now to book your place.”

To book a ticket costing £10 please contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062 or www.visitely.org.uk.