Lights, camera, action. We give one York family a festive fashion makeover at Middlethorpe Hall, with a special visitor on hand too

IT was like a scene straight out of Clement Clarke Moore’s seasonal poem.

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.’

Sisters Amelia and Maisy Weaver, of York, couldn’t help but sneak out on to the stairs when they heard creaking on the giant staircase.

They held their breath… could it be him?

Santa was laden with presents, for all the family – little Amelia, two, and seven-year-old Maisy as well as mum and dad, Katie and Jason.

The Weavers were enjoying a visit to Middlethorpe Hall, the country house hotel and spa on the outskirts of York.

And they had a surprise visitor – Father Christmas, who turned up just in time for our fun photoshoot showcasing the latest family fashions from Fenwick department store in York.

With a new children’s clothing department opened in the basement, Fenwick at Coppergate is now a one-stop destination for the family.

As our photographs show, Fenwick’s fashions can take the family from morning to night, with everything from sleepwear and outdoor clothes to casual styles and occasion wear. Fenwick has the big brands too: Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren, Armani and Barbour, Hunter and Ugg, Joules and All Saints, as well as many more.

With a toy department and a range of cards, gift papers and decorations available too, as well as a Santa’s Grotto open throughout this month, you could say that Fenwick has Christmas all wrapped up.

Thanks to:

Location: Middlethorpe Hall Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 2GB.

Telephone: 01904 641241



Clothes and accessories: All items from Fenwick, Coppergate, York

Styling: Pauline Robinson at Fenwick

With special thanks to Father Christmas and our models, Amelia, Maisy, Katie and Jason Weaver