THE 18th Victorian Weekend at Robin Hood’s Bay takes place this weekend and after the disappointment of last year due to the snow, the organisers have promised a bigger and better spectacle than ever.
Organising committee member Benedicte Windle, who this year also brings the Victorian Geologist road show to the weekend, said: “Last year’s disappointment gave everyone a renowned vigour for this, the 18th Robin Hood’s Bay Victorian Weekend.This time last year we were already under snow, so we’re hoping it will be a lot easier for people to get here.
“This year we have a lot more attractions, including lots of street entertainers, a saxophonist, a steel drummer and a choir.”
The festivities begin today at Old St Stephen’s Church with Fylingdales Primary School’s concert, but then throughout the weekend continues a festival of food, drink, music and laughter.
Queen Victoria will stroll the streets, and at the Bay Hotel Father Christmas will be on duty, listening to children’s present requests. The weekend began as way of attracting visitors to the village during the quieter winter season, and over the 18 years it has been taking place it has steadily grown into a festival celebrating the traditional Dickensian Christmas.
Victorian Christmases focused not on gift-giving, but on food, and the centrepiece of the day was a lavish Christmas dinner.
Some of the menu items the Victorians dined upon included roasted goose, beef and Yorkshire pudding, a boar’s head, turkey, ham, oysters, cranberry pie, mince pie and plum pudding.
The serving of the pudding was one of the great rituals of the Victorian Christmas dinner, as the head of the household would serve it, asking a blessing on all who prepared it. Each pudding would have a ring, coin or thimble – if you were served the portion with a ring in it meant marriage, the coin meant wealth and the thimble meant a happy but single life.
An official programme of the Victorian Weekend is available for just £1, available from a variety of retailers throughout the village.