If you’re a property lover, visiting one of the country’s many stately homes is always full of intrigue and delight. These grand houses have become synonymous with British culture and many are decked out for the holidays…
We’ve picked some of our favourites for you to visit, each offering something unique and exciting. So what are you waiting for? If you’re still not in the Christmas spirit, these treasures are sure to inspire you.
A cultural Christmas
This year, Hever Castle in Kent is hosting its Christmas Around the World event. You and your family can learn how different countries celebrate Christmas and the history behind their traiditons.
Step into other worlds with a variety of rituals and practices. Decorations are based around how other cultures decorate their homes and there are even some delicious foods for you to try!
The children will also love the donkeys in Hever’s nativity scene (although these are only here at the weekends) and can learn about donkey welfare.
Broaden your knowledge here: http://www.hevercastle.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-around-the-world-2015-3/
Entertaining the children is always important at Christmas time, and they are bound to love the Santa express at Castle Ward in County Down. The train takes you and your loved ones down an illuminated lane to visit Santa at his home.
Upon arrival, Mrs Claus will welcome you with a tasty treat and children will also be given a special gift!
Enjoy this unique treat here: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/13c2bcf9-6d41-4cd9-b40c-12a288461121/pages/details
A literary treat
Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is always decorated around a different theme over the festive period, and this year, guests can enjoy The Wind in the Willows at the grand estate.
Tour the house as it displays scenes from the classic Kenneth Grahame novel. Adults and children alike will enjoy the many sights of these well loved characters.
Step into the story here: http://www.chatsworth.org/attractions-and-events/christmas-at-chatsworth
Take the plunge
It may not be for everybody, but who doesn’t love ice-skating at Christmas? (Even if you just watch from the side!) And what could more delightful than skating against the backdrop of Hampton Court Palace?
Sure to get everyone into the Christmas spirit, the historical palace is hosting its very own winter treat with its outdoor ice rink and ice bar… Maybe leave the skating to the kids.