Historic Houses at Christmas in the South of England
- Blenheim Palace - ©Blenheim Palace
- Blenheim Palace - ©Blenheim Palace
- Chirstmas Fair at Waddesdon. Photo Stuart Bebb © National Trust, Waddesdon Manor
- Waddesdon Manor
- Hever Castle
- Hever Castle
- Upton House - ©National Trust Images John Millar www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Some of the South of England's greatest historic houses will be transformed into a stunning festive feast for the eyes during the Christmas period and come to life with amazing festive events, wonderful decorations and Christmas cheer!
Waddesdon Christmas Fair
14 Nov - 09 Dec 2018* 11am – 6pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 and opened to the public in 1959, Waddesdon Manor is home to the Rothschild Collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. Over Christmas, most of the manor’s 18th-century furnished rooms are “put to bed”, and a selection of specially decorated rooms are opened, resplendent in full festive regalia. The manor’s front lawn will also host a charming Christmas fair (cash only), with 80 selected stallholders occupying charming wooden chalets at the foot of the building. The fair offers exciting variety of high-quality, unique gifts, decorations, crafts and festive foods. Advance booking essential.
Christmas at Hever Castle
24 Nov - 24 Dec 2018* (Excl. 25/11, 26/11, 3/12, 4/12)
Witness the enchantment of the Castle and gardens festooned with fabulous colours and twinkling lights, capturing the spirit of Christmas.Wrap up warm and enjoy a walk under the stars at Twilight Christmas.
Explore the captivating Christmas trail, wander around the illuminated gardens and walk through the Castle adorned with beautiful decorations and welcoming log fires.
In front of the Castle, there will be a carousel and vintage fairground (selected dates) and seasonal dining options will be available in the café and restaurant.
A 1920s Christmas at Upton
24 - 26 Nov, 30 Nov - 3 Dec, 7 - 10 & 14 to 17 Dec 2018* 12 - 4pm
If you’re looking for something a little different at Christmas, Upton House has the answer with the chance to see first hand how the new owners in the 1920s created a Christmas family home perfectly in keeping with the arrival of the jazz era.
It’s been 90 years since Lord and Lady Bearsted purchased Upton House near Banbury and set about turning it into a comfortable and desirable country home.
Visitors to the house will take a copy of an interiors magazine to guide them through the latest styles and advice for a 1920s Christmas. You'll be able to draw inspiration from 1920s house and garden experts and see decorated rooms in the house bring to life hints and tips from the pages of homes and interiors magazines of the period.
Hatfield House Christmas Frost Fair
15 - 18 Nov 2018*
Hatfield House’s Christmas Frost Fair promises to be a real treat, featuring up to 250 stands, entertainment, choirs, dancing, food & drink and more.
There are shopping opportunities aplenty, with exciting, unusual and original gift ideas, workshops including creative Christmas Decorating with flowers and greenery, craftspeople showing off their skills, a Fine Food Fair and several refreshment options available.
Held in the Old Palace, the Riding School, Stable Yard and heated marquees on Palace Green and St George’s car park, the Frost Fair is a must-see for visitors.
Blenheim Festive Entertainment Programme
10 Nov - 31 Dec 2018*
Blenheim Palace is full of splendour at any time of year but especially so at Christmas when its grand halls come alive with beautiful festive lights and decorations.
Visitors can enjoy spectacular sights, festive decorations and a weekend music programme at Blenheim Palace and Courtyards over Christmas. Visit the East Courtyard gift shop to pick up presents and decorations, relax in a café and warm up with a delicious seasonal dish, or book a table in the Orangery Restaurant for a festive lunch.
'Christmas at Blenheim' Light Trail
23 Nov 2018 - 1 Jan 2019*
Blenheim’s Formal Gardens will also light up, once again, for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights. Follow the festive trail along winding paths, tranquil waters and extraordinary Parkland. Visitors will be able to complete their winter stroll with spiced cider, mulled wine or a hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts and the twinkling of the lights fills the air. Toast your own marshmallows and enjoy a well-stocked gift shop, tasty treats, and other traditional fayre.
Available on *selected dates (extra charges will apply for light trail)
*Please note 2018 dates for all attractions & events are TBC
Cheshunt Marriott HotelBroxbourne
The Cheshunt Marriott Hotel provides easy access to the M25 and offers guests spacious and contemporary accommodation, featuring pillow top bedding, high-speed Wi-Fi and coffee and tea service, with many rooms also offering views of the garden as well. There is of course a restaurant, a comfortable lounge/ bar and for the more energetic, an on-site gym.
Doubletree by Hilton SwindonSwindon
Located on the outskirts of Swindon, this 4 star hotel has recently been refurbished to a high standard and is ideally placed for visits to the beautiful regions of both the Cotswolds and Wiltshire. The hotel has a modern open-plan restaurant with open kitchen and spacious split level bar/lounge that has recently been refurbished. Each of the 171 bedrooms are decorated in a modern style and are all equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.
Holiday Inn High WycombeHigh Wycombe
The modern Holiday Inn is located on the outskirts of High Wycombe with great access just off the M40 and is ideally located for touring. The hotel has 112 well decorated bedrooms over two floors and all rooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel does not have a lift but does offer 58 ground floor rooms. The hotel has a bright modern restaurant and open plan spacious bar, the perfect place for enjoying a drink prior to dinner. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.
Holiday Inn Maidenhead/WindsorMaidenhead, Berkshire
The Holiday Inn Maidenhead-Windsor is situated in a quiet location on the outskirts of Maidenhead with excellent motorway access for touring and visiting Windsor. The hotel has 197 bedrooms located over three floors. Each of the comfortable bedrooms offer TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a modern restaurant and large open-plan bar with plenty of seating for groups. The hotel offers leisure facilities including indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym, steam room and spa bath. Coach parking is on-site and free of charge.
Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch HotelDartford, Kent
This 4 star hotel is located within easy access to the M25, M20 and the Kent countryside. All 121 bedrooms are modern and stylish and all include a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The modern sports bar offers a great atmosphere and comfortable surroundings where guests can relax with a drink before dinner at the Genevieves Restaurant. There is also a large open-plan lounge with sofas and a separate coffee bar. Leisure facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, steam room, jacuzzi, sauna and gym. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.
Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare HotelStratford-upon-Avon
Set in the heart of Stratford, this 4 star, black and white gabled hotel has 78 individually named bedrooms, each of which is equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Bedroom sizes vary owing to the age of this beautiful 17th Century building. The Shakespeare restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere for dining and has a fantastic bar and terrace area. If you are looking for a hotel that fits the authentic Shakespearean theme for your customers, then this is the ideal hotel. Coach parking is off-site, approx. 10 min. walk away, and costs approx. £10 for 24 hours.
Holiday Inn High Wycombe
High Wycombe2 Nights Half Board
Twin from £108pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement £36Prices below include entrance to the attraction
Waddesdon ManorNovember & December 2018 - Twin £109pp
Blenheim PalaceNovember & December 2018 - Twin £108pp
Holiday Inn Maidenhead/Windsor
Maidenhead, Berkshire2 Nights Half Board
Twin from £126pp
Single Supplement £36Prices below include entrance to the attraction
Waddesdon ManorNovember & December 2018 - Twin £127pp
Blenheim PalaceNovember & December 2018 - Twin £126pp
DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon
Swindon, Wiltshire3 Nights Half Board
Twin from £155pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement £60Prices below include entrance to the attraction
Blenheim PalaceNovember 2018 - Twin £155pp
Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch Hotel
Dartford, Kent3 Nights Half Board
Twin from £155pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement £70Prices below include entrance to the attraction
Hever CastleNovember & December 2018 - Twin £155pp
Mercure Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire2 Nights Half Board
Twin from £125pp
No Double for Sole Use Supplement (max 3, incl. driver)Prices below include entrance to the attraction
Upton HouseDecember 2018 - Twin £125pp
Marriott Cheshunt Hotel
Broxbourne, Hertfordshire3 Nights Half Board
Twin from £169pp