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Top 10 National Trust Christmas markets

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Top 10 National Trust Christmas markets


There's no better way to get in the festive mood and no better place to find unique gifts than a Christmas market. Here’s the National Trust’s Christmas market top ten:

Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum, Devon
Attingham Park, Shropshire
Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire
The Argory, Co Armagh
Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire
Ham House and Garden, Surrey
Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Erddig, Wrexham
Killerton, Devon
Calke Abbey, Derbyshire


Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum, Devon
Homemade Christmas fair, 19-20 November 11am-3pm


Shop for Christmas presents in the unique setting of Arlington Court house. Find something special from local stall holders, with handmade produce from jewellery to jams and shawls to stained glass, and take the chance to browse the festive treats on offer in the National Trust shop. What’s more, after picking up unique gifts, shoppers can step into the fantasy world of Narnia, as CS Lewis’s classic tale of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is brought to life in the house and grounds in the run up to Christmas day. Normal admission charges apply, plus £1 per Narnia trail. Booking is not required for this event.
Tel: 01271-850296
           
Attingham Park, Shropshire
Christmas Frost Fair, 2-4 December 10am – 4pm


Avoid the crowded shopping centres this year and make Christmas shopping an enjoyable experience at Attingham, with over 100 high quality, local craft and food stalls in this beautiful historic setting. It is the ideal place to find the perfect gift. Normal admission charges apply and booking is not required for this event.
Tel: 01743-708123
 
Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire
Christmas market, 3-4 December 11am - 4pm


Get Christmas shopping all wrapped up in the Christmas market in the Stable Yard and support the local stallholders selling gifts and food. Make a festive day of it and see the Hall being decorated, visit Father Christmas in his toyland grotto in the museum and enjoy other seasonal activities. Normal admission charges apply, plus £4 per child receiving a gift from Father Christmas. Last entry to the Hall and Museum is 45 minutes before closing. Booking is not required for this event.
Tel: 01283-585337

The Argory, Co Armagh
Christmas craft fair, 3-4 December 12pm – 5pm


A fantastic craft fair, perfect for finding unique and special gifts for loved ones. Dozens of craft stalls will be on site, with brass and silver bands playing seasonal music. Children can make a special visit to Santa in his grotto, in the mansion. Festive refreshments will also be served in the Octagon room and the house will be traditionally decorated for Christmas.  Normal admission charges apply, plus an additional charge for children visiting Santa. Booking is not required for this event.
Tel: 028-8778-4753

Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

Christmas market, 3-4 December, 12pm – 4pm


Avoid the battle of the high street with Upton's outdoor, festive gift market. Find the perfect presents for family and friends, with lovely hand made and local crafts that will make great Christmas Gifts. Also enjoy a glass of mulled wine or a mince pie along the way. There’s also the opportunity to see the Servants’ Ball and children can pay a special visit Father Christmas. Normal admission charges apply, plus £3.50 per child to visit Father Christmas (booking on the day to visit Father Christmas). Booking is not required for this event.
Tel: 01295-670266

Ham House and Garden, Surrey

Christmas fair, 3-4, 10-11 & 17-18 December 11am – 5pm


The popular Christmas fair returns to Ham House. Find exciting and original Christmas gift ideas from the National Trust and from local artisans and traders. The fair takes place in a marquee. There will also be family activities and entertainment in the basement of the house and the Orangery will be open all day for seasonal refreshments. Adult £3.65, child £2.45 and family £9.75 (2 adults + 2 children). National Trust members go free. Admission fee includes the family activities. Booking is not required for this event            
Tel: 0208-940-1950

Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Christmas at Blickling, 3-4, 10-11 & 17-18 December 11am – 5pm


This year you are invited to the big house for a traditional Christmas. Be welcomed at the door by characters from the past and enter a grand country house beautifully decorated for the festive season. A new trail of decorated Christmas trees and lights leads you through the garden to the Temple where Father Christmas awaits. The Christmas Courtyard houses a marquee, with festive crafts and seasonal snacks and drinks. Christmas trees, wreaths and greenery are for sale beside garden gifts, hot chestnuts and seasonal delights.
Traditional Christmas lunches will be available each weekend, and music and entertainment will ensure you leave full of festive cheer. Free entry to the Christmas courtyard and craft marquee, shop, restaurant and bookshop. House and garden normal admission charges apply. Booking is not required for this event.
Tel: 01263-738030

Erddig, Wrexham
Christmas market and winter wonderland, 3-4, 10-11 & 17-18 December 10am – 5pm


Enjoy a traditional Christmas market with food and drink, plus live music creating a wonderful Christmas shopping experience. Wander around and find those special and unusual Christmas presents. Browse over 50 picturesque wooden chalets and stalls offering hand-crafted gifts. Father Christmas will also be in his winter wonderland - complete with his toy workshop. Adults pay £1 to enter the market, children are free but there is a £5 charge for children to meet Father Christmas. Booking is not required for this event.
Tel: 01978-355314           

Killerton, Devon
Christmas in the stables, 9-11 December 5pm – 9pm
 

Become immersed in Christmas spirit at this night time event. The Stable tea-room will be open for refreshments, whilst the shop will be open for Christmas gifts and trees to be purchased. There will also be a range of unique craft and food stalls as well as carol singers to be enjoyed. Normal admission charges apply and booking is not required for this event.
Tel: 01392-881345               

Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Christmas craft and gift show, 10-11 December 11am – 6pm


In the grand setting of this country-house estate, the craft and gift show will feature fine crafts and original Christmas gifts. The restaurant will also be open for seasonal treats. Normal admission charges apply and booking is not required for this event.
Tel: 01332-863822

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