Paxton House is set to open the doors to a magnificent Georgian kitchen at its annual Christmas Cracker festivities this weekend.
Visitors will be able to explore the original kitchen, which was built outwith the house in order to reduce the fire risk as the owner built up an extensive Chippendale collection in the 18th century.
As well as marking the run up to Christmas, the festive event (on December 7-8) will also celebrate a new marketing collaboration. The house and gardens has teamed up with Scottish food brand Baxters, which shares Paxton’s ethos of valuing and preserving tradition, in a bid to market the visitor attraction far and wide.
David Seed of Seed and Co, which manages the estate, said: “It is the perfect match. Paxton has all the values that Baxters represents - we are both about quality, tradition, and family.
“To align the two in the authentic surroundings of the kitchen truly brings both parties to life.”
The event marks the beginning of a programme of joint development in the planning stages for 2014 and beyond. Colleen Henderson-Heywood, who has been working with Paxton House to bring about the collaboration, explained: “This is really important, not just for Paxton but the area in general.
“Baxters have really traditional values from days gone by. We have had them down two or three times to visit us and we’re really excited to be working with them.
“It can only help us and the area. It’s helping turn Paxton into a much more prominent location.”
Baxters brand manager Dorothy Smith added: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Paxton House to offer our Audrey Baxter range and specialty products.”
It also hails the beginning of an improvement programme to enhance the total experience at Paxton, with changes expected to impact the restaurant, retail outlet, gardens and more over the next 18 months.
Visitors can expect a veritable food grotto heaped with Baxters special lines and gifting with some added sparkle of food tastings.
Paxton House will also hang a portrait of Ena Baxter, Audrey Baxter’s mother, which has been specially released from storage and loaned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.