A brand new but traditional hotel for the historic market town of Malton set in some of Yorkshire's finest countryside

Hotel events

Below is a list of some of the forthcoming events at the Talbot Hotel...you can find out more information on each event below by clicking on the event link.

December in Malton and at the Talbot Hotel - A new festival celebrating Charles Dickens launches for Christmas


Saturday 12th December

In the guise of a mutinous down-and-out Victorian travelling theatre, Penny Plain Theatre will perform their fast moving Christmas miscellany of old carols, mummery, and dance bringing the spirit of a real Victorian Christmas to Malton. In keeping with the Malton Food Lovers, look out too for their hilarious ‘Human Vegetable Machine’ - the forerunner of the fruit machine, which never fails to get bystanders laughing.

Victorian travelling street theatre will walk throughout the town with their unique brand of anarchic humour, with unique free performances In the Old Town Hall at 12.30 and 2.00pm.

Horse and carriage rides will offer a truly atmospheric experience. Smoking Bishop Mulled Wine, which features in ‘A Christmas Carol’ will be on sale throughout the town, as well as ginger bread, mince pies and soft drinks.

Malton Cookery School will be hosting children’s cookery classes, one hour drop-in sessions throughout the day, teaching children on how to cook traditional Dickensian Christmas treats. Costs £5 per child. See Malton Cookery School website for details.

Retailers will host Christmas Carol themed window displays throughout the town courtesy of publishers Penguin Random House.

The Charles Dickens Society of Malton will deliver regular performances in venues throughout the town and welcome visitors to the Scrooge’s Counting House Museum. They will also be hosting Dickensian walking tours throughout the town, treasure hunts and ‘A Christmas Carol’ merchandise will be on sale for Christmas shoppers.

Friday 18th December

Harry Potter actress, Miriam Margolyes is headlining with festivities including Victorian street theatre, music, food, dance, horse and carriage rides, celebrity performances and talks throughout December.

BAFTA winning Miriam Margolyes, whose one-woman show Dickens’ Women was nominated for an Olivier award at The Milton Rooms.

Joining Miriam will be one of the World’s leading Dickens’ scholars, Professor Michael Slater, who will be giving a talk about A Christmas Carol called A National Benefit. Professor Slater explains, “Thackeray when he wrote a review of the Carol said that it seemed to him to be ‘a national benefit and a personal kindness to every man, woman or child who read it.’”

The celebration of Charles Dickens’ legacy in Malton has been organized by the Malton Dickensian Festival team, who raised funds to ‘bring home’ a rare, signed copy of A Christmas Carol in 2012 from a New York collector.

The book, the team believe adds weight to the claim he based Scrooge’s Counting House on his friend Charles Smithson’s office in Chancery Lane. Smithson was a young lawyer in Malton and Dickens was godfather to Smithson’s daughter Mary. When Smithson died tragically young, aged 39, Dickens travelled to the funeral in Malton and sent on the inscribed copy of A Christmas Carol to his pregnant widow, Elizabeth. Dickens’ brother Alfred, also lived in Malton.

As well as Dickensian-inspired festivities, a new Christmas Carol has been commissioned for the town, ‘A Song for Malton’ which will be performed by community choirs and school children. The song will launch an annual Christmas Carol writing competition.

The rare edition of A Christmas Carol will be on display at The Talbot hotel throughout the festival.

Festive Lunch with Charles Dickens' Great Great Great Grand-daughter
Saturday 19th December - Wentworth Room

Join Lucinda Hawksley, accomplished speaker, author and descendent of the celebrated Charles Dickens for a festive lunch which will help raise funds for the Dickens Gift to Yorkshire Charity. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Smoking Bishop - the original recipe used by Charles Dickens. He often visited Malton and some of the buildings and people within the town were the source of inspiration for ‘A Christmas Carol’. Lucinda will talk about her celebrated ancestor, a great novelist, philanthropist and campaigning journalist, reading extracts from the book and answering questions. There will be a opportunity for book signing of her latest book, Moustaches Whiskers and Beards.

£25.00 per person

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Antiques Valuation Days - 2015

Have you often wondered the value of some of your collectables, antiques, jewellery, paintings and other items?

Now is your chance to find out at one of our FREE valuation days with Tennants Auctioneers - one of the North's leading auction houses.

Professional valuers covering a range of specialisms will be with us between 11am and 3.00pm on:

  • Thursday 10th March 2016

Just come along on the day and we will treat you to a glass of wine when you take lunch. No need to book.

Large Items
If you have any large items you would like Tennants to advise you on please contact Tennants directly on 01423 531661 or email harrogate@tennants-ltd.co.uk

For further information please click here to email us or contact us via telephone on 01653 639096.