2014: Christmas lights up with a new illuminating tradition at Kingston Lacy

For the first time, visitors to Kingston Lacy will be able to enjoy an illuminated Christmas trail as part of a month-long celebration of the season’s traditions. With extended opening hours seven days a week, the team at Kingston Lacy is continuing the spirit of the Bankes family by inviting visitors to explore and create new traditions and memories with friends, family and loved ones.

On offer during the day will be a taste of yesteryear with traditional food and drink, craft activities for young and old, the opportunity to help make the longest “Christmas Wish” paper chain in Dorset, and Father Christmas will be in his Shepherd’s Hut on the first three weekends in December with a present for all the children.

At dusk the garden will be transformed with an illuminated Christmas walk with highlights including a twelve days of Christmas trail, illuminated obelisks and cedars planted by royals.

“Christmas is a magical time of year and in places like Kingston Lacy you can feel the traditions of Christmas past,” said Katherine Bundy, Assistant Visitor Services Manager at Kingston Lacy. “This year we are bringing to life an old style Christmas and inviting visitors to help create some new traditions which we hope will continue for many years to come.”

The team are also offering a variety of workshops which will help visitors recreate the traditional decorations in their own home.  On Tuesday 16 December the team will be running a wreath making workshop using greenery from the Kingston Lacy estate. This workshop costs £25. Bookings can be made on 0844 249 1895 or online.

Kingston Lacy will be celebrating Christmas daily from 28 November to 21 December 2014, 10.30am – 6pm (7pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays), weather permitting. Normal admission applies, free entry to National Trust members. The house itself is closed this year owing to essential conversation work.

More information is available on: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy or telephone 01202 883402 (line 8).

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