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.

The 100 trees have been made from a range of items, many of which have been recycled. Some of the more unusual ones include men’s ties, corks, books, palettes and a peacock themed tree. Other trees have been linked in to the collection at Arlington Court with trees made from shells, jewellery and textiles cited alongside their historic inspiration in the house.

Natalie Savage, Visitor Services Manager for the National Trust at Arlington Court said, “It’s been such fun to work with this theme and to see the creativity of individuals who have created trees for Arlington – even our Facebook followers and friends of volunteers have been donating trees and their time.”

“As a challenge this year we’re asking visitors to count how many trees they see on their visit to Arlington. Some are tall traditional trees, but others are tiny decorations. It will be interesting to see the numbers visitors come back with. I suspect there will be over 1000 trees on show.”

The theme extends across the attraction including the tea room, shop and gardens. In additional to the crafted trees at the carriage museum, Father Christmas’s grotto will again be set up in the harness room, making for a unique setting. Additionally families will be able to make some of their own paper trees to take home in the house and at the carriage museum.

Visitors will be able to see the 100 trees display each weekend from 21 November until 20 December from 11am-4pm. National Trust members receive free entry, otherwise admission charges apply. Father Christmas will be at the festive grotto on 12, 13, 19 & 20 December from 12-3pm, costing £4 per child and pre-booking is advised to prevent a long wait. For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court or call 01271 850296.

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