Trust tourist sites set for Christmas

The National Trust is putting on a large selection of festive events at its houses and sites.
The National Trust is putting on a large selection of festive events at its houses and sites.

NATIONAL Trust houses across Derbyshire are being decorated and the mince pies baked as preparations are underway for a magical Christmas.

From carol concerts to festive food and craft fairs, the Trust’s places across Derbyshire are set for their Christmas celebrations.

Many of the it’s houses will be decorated as they would have been at key moments in their past and younger visitors will be able to say hello to a very special visitor - Father Christmas.

The Trust’s cafés and tea rooms will be serving up mince pies and other seasonal goodies and for those that feel they have over-indulged over the holidays there are some wonderful winter walks in the spectacular Derbyshire countryside to enjoy.

Details of all events can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlandschristmas.

“Christmas is a time when the spirit of our special places really comes to life,” said Beccy Speight, Regional Director of the National Trust in the Midlands.

“Experiencing Christmas as it would have been not only allows us to share the memories of the past, but creates new memories that will hopefully last a lifetime and connect a new generation with the amazing places we’re so fortunate to care for here in Derbyshire. Whatever you love about Christmas, we hope you’ll join our celebrations.”

Tourist sites and activities include the below:

Breakfast with Santa at Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood on 1, 2, 8 and 9 December. Charge applies and booking required.

Glimpse inside the house at Calke Abbey and visit Father Christmas in his grotto. Saturdays and Sundays between 1 and 23 December. Charge applies.

See Santa in his grotto at Kedleston Hall on 1, 2, 8 and 9 December. Charge applies.

Spirits of Christmas Past

Take in the house and grounds at Calke Abbey as they are illuminated for Christmas and see the servant’s hall as it would have been during Christmas lunch. Saturdays and Sundays between 1 and 23 December.

Hardwick Hall will be celebrating with a 1930s house party, illuminated gardens and stableyard on Saturdays and Sundays between 1 and 16 December.

Experience an Edwardian Christmas at Kedleston Hall on 1, 2, 8 and 9 December.

See Sudbury Hall as it would have been decorated for a Regency Christmas with scenes recreated from Georgiana Vernon’s diary between 1 and 9 December.

Festive Food and Craft Fairs

Get your Christmas shopping all wrapped up in the Christmas Market at Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood on 1 and 2 December.

Pick up a unique gift at Calke’s Christmas craft show on 8 and 9 December. Or, buy festive food grown, raised or baked within a 30 mile radius of Calke on 16 December.

Buy Christmas presents with a difference from a selection of local craft and food stalls at Kedleston Hall on 24 and 25 November. Charge applies. Get into the festive spirit at the Moorland Discovery Centre in the Peak District with Christmas shopping, festive music and meals in the tea room on 8, 9, 15 and 16 December.

Christmas trees will be on sale at Hardwick Hall (1 to 16 December) and in the Peak District at Castleton (8 to 9 December), Longshaw (24 November to 21 December) and White Peak (1 to 16 December).

Come carolling this Christmas

Join the South Derbyshire Scouts in their carol singing at Calke Abbey’s Christmas evening on 7 December.

The Sitwell singers present their Christmas concert at Kedleston Hall on 15 December. Charge applies and booking required.

Each festive weekend at Hardwick Hall there will be music to set the tone, from brass bands to carolling choirs.

Get Creative at Christmas

Create a Christmas wreath using foliage collected from the Kedleston Estate on 1, 6 or 7 December. Charge applies and booking required. Wreath-making is also taking place at Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood on 4 and 5 December. Charge applies and booking required.

Learn traditional willow weaving techniques to create beautiful willow decorations to adorn your tree, or a rustic willow wreath to welcome guests to your door. 1, 6, and 7 December at Kedleston Hall or 3 December at Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood. Charge applies and booking required.

Winter Walks

Enjoy a six-mile Boxing Day or New Year’s Day walk around the Kedleston estate followed by soup and sandwiches in the restaurant. Charge applies and booking required.