TAKE A journey back to Christmases past with Tim Healey.

In a talk the writer and broadcaster will reveal what Yuletide celebrations were like at the time of the English Civil War and Restoration.

Wassailing rites, frost fairs, Twelfth Night customs - and the Puritan backlash against Christmas itself – will all feature in his exploration of 17th century festivities.

The free event will take place next Thursday at 7.45pm at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon.