Father Christmas returns to his stable grotto at Arlington Court

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Father Christmas will once again be stopping off at Arlington Court on 11 and 17-20 December from 12pm until 3pm.

For the third year running he will base his grotto in the Victorian stable block which is now a carriage museum. With less precious décor, the room can be made very festive and, as a bonus, even dogs will be able to visit and get a little treat. Continue reading…

Killerton to sparkle this Christmas with Brothers Grimm fairy tales

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A spell has been cast over Killerton this Christmas. For the first time, the National Trust property will be transformed into classic fairy tales with a festive twist from Saturday 19 November.

Each year to celebrate the start of Christmas, the staff step out of their day jobs and get into character for a specially-commissioned photoshoot with an added sprinkle of festive sparkle. This year, they portrayed Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood. Continue reading…

A very Victorian Christmas at Tyntesfield

A Very Victorian Christmas (c)National Trust/Steve Haywood

A totally immersive and characterful Victorian Christmas will be taking place at Tyntesfield during this year’s festive period.

From 26 November to 2 January visitors will be able to experience the festive life of Tyntesfield’s Victorian owners; the Gibbs and their servants, as they prepare for and enjoy the Christmas.

A Very Victorian Christmas (c)National Trust/Steve Haywood

A Very Victorian Christmas (c)National Trust/Steve Haywood

 

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Christmas has arrived at Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park roof and sleigh (C)National Trust

Anybody taking a final chance to visit the rooftop walkway at Dyrham Park this month may just spot something unusual – a large red sleigh full of Christmas presents has appeared on the roof.

Father Christmas has visited Dyrham Park early this year, and thanks to the fully accessible walkway – which closes on 20 December – visitors can get a good view of his sleigh and a reindeer. Continue reading…

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe brings a festive chill to Killerton

lionwitch&wardrobe6Killerton House will throw open its festive doors on Saturday 21 November to unveil its much anticipated Christmas transformation inspired by ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, by C.S. Lewis.

The National Trust property, just outside of Exeter, invites visitors to step through the wardrobe and embark on a festive journey to experience the magic of this Christmas classic. Continue reading…

Christmas comes to Arlington Court

Yvette Jones, Arlington Court's catering supervisor made the gingerbread mansion out of cookies bourbon biscuits & gingerbread, it took around 40 hours to complete and takes two people to lift it!

Yvette Jones, Arlington Court’s catering supervisor made the gingerbread mansion out of cookies bourbon biscuits & gingerbread, it took around 40 hours to complete and takes two people to lift it!

Christmas will take on a whole new look at Arlington Court this year as the house, carriage museum and grounds are decorated with 100 different types of crafted or decorated trees from this Saturday (21st November).

A dedicated ‘Christmas committee’ at Arlington Court have been planning this year’s decorations since February, and creating, storing and installing the trees has been a great team effort.

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622 flowers an hour added to Cotehele’s bumper Christmas garland

After a very good growing season, National Trust staff and volunteers at Cotehele, nr Saltash in Cornwall, have nearly completed the process of creating the longest Christmas garland at any Trust property in the country with 46,000 flowers used - Head Gardener - David Bouch is pictured

Head Gardener, David Bouch adding some more flowers to Cotehele’s garland

After a very good growing season, National Trust staff and volunteers at Cotehele, nr Saltash in Cornwall, have nearly completed the process of creating the longest Christmas garland at any Trust property in the country.

When they are finished, the process which began on Monday 2nd November, they will have created a 60 foot garland overhead containing 34,000 flowers plus a 40 foot extension around the east doorway with another 12,000 flowers, all grown and dried on the estate.

‘The garden and volunteer team have calculated that they are adding 622 flowers one by one each hour’, said Dave Bouch, Cotehele’s Head Gardener.