Britain's Treasure Houses for Christmas
Prepare for this Christmas by planning in a trip to one of the 10 most stunning palaces, houses and castles in England today – the Treasure Houses. Each one has a whole host of activities and attractions from entertainment and events to Christmas markets and the chance to buy beautifully bespoke presents.
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Beaulieu hosts a Christmas Fair (16 November) in support of the Estate’s Countryside Educational Trust that includes an array of quality items from food and drink to jewellery, antiques and plants. In addition, the Christmas Celebrations (15 December-6 January) will feature carol singing in festively decorated Palace House and Victorian characters who will be on hand to divulge fascinating details on life in a Victorian country house
Blenheim Palace is renowned for its Living Crafts for Christmas event (16-18 November), showcasing a series of splendid creations from over 100 British designer-makers as well as hosting outdoor demonstrations of stone carving, blacksmithing, street theatre and handbell ringing.
Celebrate and sample local produce at Burghley House and the free fine food market (1 December) where cheeses, meats and cupcakes are just some of the drool-worthy delights on offer.
The NSPCC Christmas Shopping Fair will be hosted by Castle Howard, which also presents its captivating Christmas Craft & Produce Market (2-4 December and 9-10 December). Relish some seasonal finery throughout the castle and grounds with family decorations, festive music, seasonal menus and weekend audiences with Father Christmas (24 November-16 December).
For something decidedly different, visit Chatsworth for the Christmas-themed evenings at the farm shop (20, 22 November and 5, 12 December). Browse their various gifts, treats and Christmas produce while enjoying live demonstrations and a top seasonal tipple of mulled wine.
Festive food, a crackling fire in the grate and a house dressed for a family Christmas; Harewood celebrates all that is good about the festive season with the much-anticipated Christmas Weekends
(1 December-23 December).
Get in the festive spirit with Music for Christmas at Hatfield (9 December). Staged in the Old Palace, Hertfordshire Chorus – one of the UK's leading symphonic choirs – present an evening of seasonal favourites as mulled wine, coffee and mince pies will be doing the delicious rounds prior to the performance. And don’t miss Hatfield’s Frost Fair (23-25 November) where you will find wonderful original and unusual crafts and gifts for the family and home.
Catch awe-inspiring splendour at Holkham Hall (pictured above) for the resplendent Christmas Celebrations (1, 2, 8 and 9 December). With the staterooms decorated in stunning Victorian style and cast in oh-so romantic candlelight, it promises to be a magnificent sight to behold. Watch the cooks in the Old Kitchen as they prepare the Christmas feast and meet the traditionally clothed Victorian characters who will be filling the hall with storytelling, dancing, carol singing and tales from Christmas past; Father Christmas welcomes children each with their own special gift.
The lovely fellows at Leeds Castle are proud to present Christmas Past (12-23 December) – a glorious celebration of the Victorian Christmas. Come and see the incredible illuminated Woodland Walk and prepare to be amazed! Glorious food, shops, stalls, fabulous gifts, Christmas carols, a Victorian train, Santa Claus and more.
On 30 November from 12 noon, Woburn will be opening its doors for a Christmas wreath and table decoration demonstration with lunch at The Inn for a lesson in how to make the perfect festive table setting. Then on 2, 9, 16 and 23 December, you can join in with family and friends for the Santa Sunday Lunch!
For further information on the Treasure Houses of England, visit treasurehouses.co.uk or call 01872 510489.
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stately homes at Christmas, make
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