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.

Natalie Savage, Visitor Services Manager at Arlington Court said: ‘Last year, Father Christmas was a complete sell-out, so this year we’ve added an extra day in the school holidays to help families’ kick-start the festive season. We advise booking early to avoid any disappointment.’

The bookings to visit the grotto are in half hour slots to reduce the amount of time families will be waiting. In the meantime, they can follow the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ trail around the grounds to find all the gifts mentioned in the song or take a look inside the elegant Victorian house which has been transformed for Christmas. They might even discover the giant knitted gingerbread house.

Event tickets to see Father Christmas cost £3 per child, which includes a present. Normal admission charges apply for adults (£8) and children (£4) and National Trust members get free entry, but will need tickets for Father Christmas. To pre-book please call 01271 850296.

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