In Victorian Farm a specialist team – Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn and Alex Langlands – devoted a year of their lives to re-creating life in a 19th Century rural environment. From the warmth of summer to the depths of winter, the clock has been turned back over a hundred years to rediscover this almost forgotten world.
From planting and harvesting crops to animal husbandry; from tree-felling to driving steam engines and operating period machinery, this hardy group – in their search for the authentic experience – undertook it all, wearing period costumes and using only tools and materials available in 1885.
In the special Victorian Farm Christmas episodes, Ruth, Peter and Alex returned to the farm to rebuild a blacksmith’s forge and undertake all the elements of a rural Victorian Christmas. There’s Christmas food and festivities to prepare from 1850’s mincemeat to butter, bread, Christmas puddings and a multi-bird Christmas pie; gifts to be made, ribbons to be dyed, and old fashioned remedies to be prepared for what ails them.
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This was our second experience with Peter Sommer Travels, following directly on their Exploring Wessex tour. As with the Wessex tour, we are delighted to give Peter Sommer Travels an unqualified "excellent" rating on this tour. From initial contact, to booking, to superb coordination by the tour organizers, the excellent knowledge and wonderful humor of our guides, and the selection of tour sites, the trip was organized and run smoothly and with the interests and comfort of the participants always kept in mind. They are by far the best tour operator we have traveled with.
“Exploring Wales – Millennia Under the Gaze of Mountains” 2019 was a terrific experience. Our hotel in Abergavenny was very good and for the last couple of days we were based at a top grade country house hotel with excellent service and dining. The historian was the very knowledgeable Paul Beston who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Roman and mediaeval British history, and his account was always comprehensive, accessible and interesting and he was very well prepared. There was lots to see, and some spectacular views. It was a comprehensive and highly enjoyable expert introduction to British History of the Roman and mediaeval period. The organisation was superb with excellent transport by chauffeur. Comfortable hotels and very good dining. Highly recommended!