A Very Merry Mansion Comes to Crow Nest Park

Friends of Dewsbury Park Mansion would like to invite you to A Very Merry Mansion. This will be your chance to have your voice heard in generating ideas for how Dewsbury Park Mansion could be used by our local community. The event kicks off at 12.20 when you can join in with a festival parade starting at the Mansion. You’ll see giant Crows and a Nest from Callaloo Carnival Arts as they walk up to meet Santa in his Classic Car at the War Memorial gates, then makes his way with his Elves to their magical Grotto at the Mansion. A Quiet Room will be available for prayer, contemplation and reflection throughout the afternoon. Tickets for the Grotto are limited so ensure you get them as soon as possible – please note payment is via cash only and tickets will only be available on the day from the Mansion Foyer area.

Live Performances

From 1pm there will be poetry, singing, dancing, carols and ghazals in the Mansion including:

  • Callaloo Jam with Seasonal Songs from Tray Tronic, Samuel Hoyle & Sadie Greaves.
  • St John’s Christingle
  • Open Mic Merriment
  • Dewsbury Dance Centre
  • Carols on the terrace

In A Wonderland of Words – Guest Artists Ross Walcott (aka Ra’siah Honeybear) and Dr Nasser Hussain will join us, as well as Batley Poets.

You can also visit Santa’s Grotto, take part in craft activities, find out about local community groups including:

  • Soroptimists Tombola
  • Kirklees College, Dewsbury, Fine Art Students
  • Foodle (https://www.facebook.com/FoodleBirstall)
  • Dewsbury Minster Hand Bells
  • Friends of Crow Nest Park – Victorian Dress Up & Photo Opportunity
  • Parkrun and Junior Parkrun
  • A Raffle by Ravensthorpe Residents and Businesses
  • Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop with Dr Nasser Hussain (places very limited – click here to book your place)
  • Festive Refreshments
  • Hatching A Plan for Crow Nest Mansion – community ideas activity

The event will culminate with carrying Christingles created in the craft workshop, onto the Mansion Terrace, lighting our candles and singing a final carol with Rev Kathy Robertson and members of St John’s Church.

Together we’ll have a wonderfully festive afternoon and look at how the Mansion could be used to benefit our local communities.

This will be a free event with some aspects ticketed and donations welcome.


6 December 2016