Christmas Costumed Volunteer

National Trust Tyntesfield
Contract Type: 
Once a week (short term opportunity)
South West
Details of Role: 

What is a Christmas Costumed volunteer?

“A Very Victorian Christmas” is Tyntesfield’s immensely popular Christmas event. Every year, the house and estate gets a Victorian takeover, with costumed characters representing the Gibbs family, their guests and servants, walking around the house and ground and chatting to our visitors. We couldn’t achieve this without a team of highly dedicated volunteers – you make the magic happen!

We’re looking to make the event even bigger this year, welcoming visitors in the evening as well as in the daytime. If you’re available a couple of evenings in December, like the idea of dressing up, and love meeting new people, this opportunity could be for you!

What’s in it for you?

  • Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Volunteer on your own or with a friend
  • An easy way to get involved – this is a short term opportunity. Volunteer for one week or six weeks.
  • Meeting people from all walks of life and making new friends.
  • Improving communication skills and practicing staying in character
  • Being involved in the hands on delivery of festive events.
  • Enjoying new experiences and learning something new.
  • Getting the opportunity to dress up as a Victorian Lady, Gentleman or Servant
  • Enjoy the festive feeling in the house as Tyntesfield is dressed for Christmas – and behind the scenes in the Volunteer team room over a hot chocolate

What’s involved?

  • A warm and friendly attitude – being happy to welcome all our visitors
  • Dressing up as a Victorian Lady, Gentleman or Servant and pretending you are getting ready for a Gibbs family Christmas in 1891 – staying in character where possible
  • Being available to help us in the evenings on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays or Weekends
  • Helping us to keep the house safe for all our visitors, by providing a friendly presence and making sure people know where to go
  • Using a radio (full training given)
  • Understanding and having a role in emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Becoming familiar with and following the National Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times.
  • There may occasionally be other activities and tasks where we could use your help.

This role will suit people who…

  • Want to volunteer at Tyntesfield but don’t have time to commit to regular volunteering all year round
  • Enjoy being part of big events!
  • Are welcoming and friendly and enjoy working in a team.
  • Enjoy the challenges that come from interacting with a large number of people.
  • Happy to dress in Victorian costume.
  • May want to practise your improvisation skills.
Closing Date: 
Friday, 15 November, 2019 - 09:00
How to Apply: 

Please go to and submit an online application form. We will be in touch very soon.

Contact Person: 
Emma Thompson, Volunteering Officer
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
01275 461967
Postal Address: 
Tyntesfield, Wraxall, North Somerset BS48 1NX