Wednesday 29 November 2023

Christmas days out with the National Trust near North Lincolnshire.

The nights are darker, it's feeling more like winter and Christmas isn’t far away which means it’s time to get into the festive spirit and there’s no better way than visiting the National Trust.

 See historic houses decorated in the style of Christmases gone by with crackling fires, fragrant garlands and handmade decorations. Wrap up warm and enjoy the crunch of frost underfoot on family trails or shop for stocking fillers under twinkling lights at Christmas markets with mulled wine and mince pies. If you’re lucky you might spot Father Christmas on one of his annual visits!

Christmas lights in trees

Belton House, Grantham, NG32 2LS

Celebrate your best loved Christmas traditions and explore Belton’s mansion glittering in festive finery, from the 25th of November until the 7th January 2024. Wander through spectacular rooms dressed in twinkling lights and show stopping trees. Highlights will include the Marble Hall transformed into a winter wonderland and the Hondecoeter dining room prepared for a festive feast, complete with name cards of previous famous guests.

Make the most of your visit, and discover the entire estate decorated to create a magical atmosphere. Enjoy a star spotting trail in the mansion for families, with felt stars created by Belton volunteers, before discovering a star themed community art installation on the cobbled drive, as part of Belton’s sparkling stars theme.

Plan your festive visit by visiting the Belton House website.

Gunby Hall and Gardens, Spilsby, PE23 5SS 

Be immersed in the lights and sparkle of family favourite Christmas films at Gunby Hall this Christmas from Saturday the 2nd of December until the 23rd of December (10am - 3pm). Take a wonder-filled winter wander through lots of different movie themed experiences and decoration. Each room of the house is sure to be beautifully decorated. With the likes of The Snowman, Home Alone, and Love Actually to see, there will be plenty of famous film atmospheres to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

To top things off, there will be a special Christmas shop with seasonal decorations to purchase. Afterwards, there’s always the option to enjoy a tempting seasonal treat from the tea-room and take a stroll through the festive gardens.

Normal admission charges apply. To find out more about what to expect, go to the Gunby Hall webiste.

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Shaun the Sheep is coming the Clumber! Collaborating with BAFTA award winning production studio, Aardman and global art producer, Wild in Art, one of Aardman’s best loved characters is coming to Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire this winter.

From now until the 7th of January, Shaun the Sheep: Find the Flock at Clumber Park, is a free, family-friendly art trail for visitors to follow. Twelve super sized sculptures of Shaun the Sheep, individually designed by artists from across the region and beyond, will be positioned at iconic locations across the park. Plan your visit to find the flock now, ewe won’t regret it!

Clumber will also be hosting Christmas markets, Victorian fairgrounds, musical events in the Chapel and new year Lantern Walks, as well as welcoming Father Christmas every weekend from 25 November. 

For full details go to the Clumber Park website.

Do you have any visits planned in the run up to Christmas?

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