CHILTERN Open Air Museum welcomed more than 1,200 visitors to its traditional Christmas weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Families went along to see how Christmas would have been celebrated in the area from Tudor times to as recently as the 1940s.

The Museum’s 35 rescued buildings date from different periods in the last two millennia and were decorated to celebrate Christmas in keeping with their original time.

Folk singers sang traditional Christmas carols and seasonal songs while children took part in numerous craft activities including making paper baubles, Christmas bookmarks, paper chains and 1940s make and mend-style peg doll angels.

They also experienced story-telling by the fire in the Iron Age roundhouse.

More than 400 children also got to visit Santa Claus – a more modern addition to the annual festival – while parents were able to buy handmade Christmas gifts from the Downley Makers Market.

The museum’s buildings from the Victorian and Edwardian era, decorated in holly and ivy, glowed in ‘Dickensian’ candle and torchlight, and were a particular favourite among visitors.