Carlisle ready for Christmas

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Tullie House in Carlisle
Tullie House in Carlisle

The Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust will be hosting the launch of ‘The Little Black Dress’ dress exhibition on December 10, 2011.

In 1926, Coco Chanel launched her ‘Ford’ dress, the first Little Black Dress (LBD) on the haute couture scene. Critics say the dress has become an international staple for women’s wardrobes ever since because of its practical and chic qualities.

The museum and art gallery houses one of the largest purpose-built contemporary art galleries in the north of England and presents a changing programme of exhibitions of regional, national and international importance.

Set in large gardens, Old Tullie House is a Grade I listed building, and home to a collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. Many features of the 17th century architecture still remain, such as a Jacobean staircase.

The newer buildings offer exciting, interactive games and activities for visitors of all ages, including a Roman Frontier Gallery, which promotes the western end ofHadrian’s Wall.

Tullie House is easily accessible for coach parties and groups, with a coach drop off point directly outside the museum entrance and free coach parking less than five minutes drive away directly off the dual carriageway.

Booking can be made for lunch and afternoon tea in the House’s large restaurant and function room.

The museum is open 1000 – 1600hrs Monday to Saturday and 1200 – 1600hrs on Sundays, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Other Christmas activities inCarlisleinclude: a Christmas Lights Switch On event on November 20; a Cumbrian Christmas Market from November 24 to 27; and a Christmas Continental Market from December 7 to 11.