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.

Elsewhere in the park, there are more little wooden reindeer hiding behind trees and in other spots between the car park and Old Lodge natural play area.

Father Christmas himself will put in an appearance at Old Lodge during weekends in December and will be listening to children’s wishlists and handing out gifts.

The shop is full of festive items – an ideal place for a spot of Christmas shopping and the tea-room will be serving hot food and drinks.

Kate Collins, Visitor & Volunteering Experience Manager, said: ‘It’s not often you get to see Father Christmas’s sleigh on the roof of a 17th-century mansion house, but you can this year. It’s your last chance to go up on the walkway and see the roof replacement and enjoy the views out over the park and garden – as the walkway, which opened in May, will close at the end of the month. Look out for the rustic reindeer too.’

Dyrham Park is situated just off junction 18 of the M4 – 8 miles north of Bath and 12 miles east of Bristol. It is open daily from 10am-4pm (last entry one hour before close). Please note, the upper floors of the house are closed while the roof is replaced, the lower floors are open with new areas and exhibitions and you can see the roof thanks to a rooftop walkway.

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