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Christmas days out with The National Trust

Christmas days out with The National Trust

Treat groups to the magic of Christmas this festive season at one of the many seasonal events at National Trust places. Warm up with mulled wine, pick up some gifts for loved ones or get into the seasonal spirit with a spot of carol singing at one of our stunning venues this Christmas.

Here’s a selection of some of the best Christmas events for groups to enjoy across the country:

Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum, Devon
Homemade Christmas fair, 19-20 November 11am-3pm
Shop for handmade Christmas presents in the wintry setting of Arlington Court estate. Find something special from local stall holders, with unique products from jewellery to jams and shawls to decorations, and take the chance to browse the festive treats on offer in the National Trust shop. What’s more, after catching up on your Christmas shopping, visitors can step into the fantasy world of Narnia, as C.S. Lewis’s classic tale of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is brought to life in the house and grounds in the run up to Christmas day.
Group cost to visit - £4, plus £1 per Narnia trail.
For more information, please call 01271 850296

Speke Hall, Garden and Estate, Liverpool
Victorian Christmas weekends, 26-27 November, 3-4 & 10-11 December 1pm-4pm
Get into the Christmas spirit at Speke Hall and see the ground floor beautifully decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy carols in the great hall, festive refreshments, tours, activities and more. Group cost to visit - £6.70.
For more information, please call 01514 277231

Attingham Park, Shropshire
Christmas Frost Fair, 2-4 December 10am-4pm
Avoid the crowded shopping centres this year and make Christmas shopping an enjoyable experience at Attingham, with over one hundred high quality, local craft and food stalls in this beautiful historic setting. It is the ideal place to find the perfect gift.
Group cost to visit - £8.40.
For more information, please call 01743 708170

Buckland Abbey, Devon
Christmas at the Abbey, 2-23 December 11pm-4pm, plus 17 December 6pm-9pm
Join us for Christmas at Buckland as we decorate the Abbey with traditional festive displays including a Victorian kitchen. Fun for all the family in a relaxed atmosphere – on the weekends and daily from 16 December we will have Father Christmas, volunteers in period costume, pomander making, Tudor games and traditional decoration making.
Normal admission charges apply (except late night opening, when just £2.50 per adult, children free); £2 per child to meet Father Christmas.
For more information, please call 01822 853607

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire
A Lantern-lit Christmas, 3 December 2pm-8pm
Celebrate the magic of Christmas at Anglesey Abbey this December. With longer opening hours for one-night only, there’s plenty of opportunity to browse through the imaginative gifts in our shop and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies. Soak up the atmosphere with festive music then join in the lantern procession at 5pm, when the Winter Garden will be alive with twinkling lights, music and festive spirit.
Normal admission charges apply, plus £3 per adult for late night opening.
For more information, please call 01223 810081

Craflwyn and Beddgelert, Gwynedd
Craflwyn Christmas Fair, 3-4 December, 11am-4pm
Make your Christmas, green, ethical and fun. Our Christmas Fair gives you the chance to source all of your Christmas needs locally ensuring the best for you and your family over the festive season.
Admission charge of £2.50 per adult and 50p per child.
For more information, please call 01766 510133

Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
Edwardian Christmas, 3-4 and 10-11 December 11am-3pm
Experience Christmas of a bygone era as you walk through the ground floor of Kedleston Hall decorated in an Edwardian style to Caesar’s Hall, laid out for a festive feast near the great Christmas tree. Santa will be dropping by and bringing his reindeer, while costumed characters will help you learn about Christmas in times gone by.
Group cost to visit – £1. Some extra charges for children’s activities.
For more information, please call 01332 842191

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Yorkshire
Christmas Music and Lights, 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 December, 3.30pm-5pm
Christmas is coming! Get into the festive spirit with a visit to our magical winter wonderland. Enjoy listening to seasonal music in the floodlit Abbey ruins and see our trees twinkling with light. Group cost to visit - £7.70 (groups 16-30), £7.45 (groups 31+).
For more information, please call 01765 643197

Ham House and Garden, Surrey
Christmas fair, 3-4, 10-11 & 17-18 December 11am – 5pm
The popular Christmas fair returns to Ham House. Find exciting and original Christmas gift ideas from the National Trust and from local artisans and traders. The fair takes place in a marquee. There will also be family activities and entertainment in the basement of the house and the Orangery will be open all day for seasonal refreshments.
Adult £3.65, child £2.45 and family £9.75 (2 adults + 2 children). National Trust members go free. Admission fee includes the family activities.
For more information please call 020 8940 1950

Lanhydrock, Cornwall
Carols in the Church, 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 December 2pm-2.30pm and 3pm-3.30pm
Join local music groups every weekend this December to celebrate Christmas with carols in Lanhydrock’s parish church. Make sure you stop in to the largest National Trust gift shop in Cornwall for some Christmas shopping (special late opening on 15 December).
No admission charges apply.
For more information, please call 01208 265950

Wallington, Northumberland
Christmas at Wallington, 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 December 10.30am-3.30pm
Experience Christmas as it should be at Wallington! Admire the beautiful decorations and enjoy carol singing and seasonal music in the house, as you soak up the special Christmas atmosphere. You can make festive things, follow our Christmas trail or hear stories with Mrs Santa. Group cost to visit - £8.75. Small charge for some activities.
For more information, please call 01670 773600

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
Christmas Carols & Trail, 4, 11 and 18 December 2.30pm-3.30pm
Come along to celebrate Christmas by joining local school children to sing carols round our outdoors Christmas tree. With hot food and refreshments on offer, the gardens will be open from 10am for a refreshing winter walk.
Group cost to visit - £5.45.
For more information, please call 01628 605069

Flatford: Bridge Cottage, Suffolk
Christmas at Valley Farm, 10-11 December 11am-3.30pm
We will be hanging up the garlands and lighting the fire in medieval Valley Farm, so get in the mood for Christmas and enjoy the festive atmosphere and seasonal music inside on of Suffolk’s truly great halls. There is no admission charges apply.
For more information, please call 01206 297201

Ightham Mote, Kent
Christmas Carols at the Mote, 10-11 and 16-19 December 6:30pm-10pm
A festive evening of mulled wine, carols and supper, all set in the idyllic Ightham Mote. Sing along with a local choir in the charming Ightham Mote Courtyard and enjoy a 2-course supper served in the Mote restaurant.
Booking is essential for this event, tickets from £27.50 per person.
For more information, please call 01732 811314

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate, Cheshire
Christmas at the Apprentice House, 14-16 December
Witness Christmas as it once was in this special place. Join the guided tour to see how the apprentices celebrated Christmas, before enjoying a traditional two-course Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. We’ve also got special Victorian themed weekends, and don’t forget to stop off in the shop for our special offers on festive treats.
Booking is essential for this event, £19.95 per person including tour and dinner.
For more information, please call 01625 445845