Newstead Abbey was closed on Sunday 3rd December due to adverse weather conditions. If you had pre-booked you will be able to come along another day when Newstead Abbey & Gardens are open or receive a refund.

If you booked Narnia at Newstead House Admission on Sunday, you can simply bring your ticket and we will honour it on an alternative day. If you instead booked a House Tour, Afternoon Tea or Christmas Dinner, please email us to we will be able to confirm your booking for an alternative day. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Upstairs Downstairs


KS1 Changes within living memory, people and places in our locality,

KS2 History of a significant local site since 1066, a local history study

In this session:

  • Discover what it was like to be a Victorian servant in a large country house.
  • Meet Jane Cameron Head Laundry Maid and Mrs Drew, cook, and compare the lives of servants to the rich Webb family who owned Newstead Abbey.
  • How many servants worked at Newstead and what were their responsibilities? Through activities – including washing, polishing and kitchen duties: butter making – the children experience tasks performed by servants. Contrast the life upstairs to that below and investigate the 1871 census to unearth the names and roles of actual servants who worked at Newstead Abbey.
  • Dress in Victorian-style clothing and bring a Victorian-style packed lunch to enhance the atmosphere of the day.

Duration: 10.30am – 2.30pm
Cost per pupil: £10 per child Suitable for 2 classes only

Key Stage: 1/2


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