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Feature:  Festive fun to enjoy with a host of Christmas events

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Feature:  Festive fun to enjoy with a host of Christmas events

The countdown to Christmas is really on now and the next month will bring a wealth of festive events and happenings to look forward to.

Here’s a selection of places and events to think about visiting in the coming weeks to get you and your family and friends into the Christmas spirit.

Daventry Christmas Market

This Saturday, (27th November) Daventry town centre will have its Christmas Market with an array of festive stalls selling unique Christmas inspired gifts, crafts, decorations, clothing, plus food and drink gift packs to get you into the festive spirit.

Rotary Danetre will be bringing Father Christmas along to say hello. He will be sitting in his sleigh in the town centre so you do not need an appointment to see him – just pop along on the day. Plus Santa’s real reindeer will be joining in the fun too for everyone to see.

There will also be a giant Snow Globe Experience to enjoy, as well as festive face painting and various festive family entertainment.

For more details, click here

Daventry Christmas Market
Daventry Christmas Market

Snowman™ and The Snowdog brick trail, Rugby

After the town’s light switch on last weekend, The Rugby Town hosts a magical new tour, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog brick trail, presented and built by BRICKLIVE.

Winding through the town this magical tour showcases 16 models built from over 108,000 bricks. The trail starts at Rugby Art Gallery Museum & Visitor Centre where you will be able to collect a trail map featuring a quiz to complete whilst visiting each of the brick characters. Don’t forget to return your completed quiz to the Visitor Centre to be entered into a prize draw, with a chance to win one of three brick construction sets and Snowman goodies. 

For more details, click HERE

Snowman™ and The Snowdog brick trail, Rugby
Snowman™ and The Snowdog brick trail, Rugby

Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire

Lamport Hall in Lamport, Northamptonshire has a series of events to look forward to in the lead up to Christmas.

They start this Saturday, 27th November with ‘A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles with Ned Palmer’, a Cheese and Wine Tasting, followed by their Christmas Market on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December.

On Friday 10th December, you can enjoy Music Before Christmas with Fiori Musicali, which is followed a day later by their Christmas Lecture with Dr Conny Bailey and Christmas Joules Seconds Sale on Sunday 12th December.

The Christmas programme at the Grade I listed house is completed by A Christmas Carol immersive theatre from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th December.

For more details and to book, click HERE

Rockingham Castle, near Corby, Northamptonshire.

There is chance to experience a unique Victorian Christmas at Rockingham Castle in Northamptonshire over the course of two upcoming weekends.

From Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th November and Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th December 2021, candle lit trees, roaring fires and magnificent period costume will set the scene to enjoy festive magic with a Victorian twist.

Visitors will be transported back to Christmas Eve in 1849, to the reign of Queen Victoria, as the Watson family gather for their traditional Christmas celebrations.With the Castle rooms decorated just as it would have been at the time, guests will be entertained by the housekeeper, governess, butler or footman, who will share delightful stories of Victorian family life.

Delicious homemade, locally sourced, Christmas dishes for lunch and dinner will also be available in the Walker’s House Restaurant, ranging from full festive meals to warming bowls of soup, mulled wine and mince pies.

The Castle Gift Shop will also be filled with a selection of Christmas gifts for friends and family, as well rare and limited-edition decorations for visitors to recreate the feel of a Victorian Christmas in their own home.

To find out more and to book tickets, click here: www.rockinghamcastle.com/victorian-christmas-at-rockingham-castle/

Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

Feast your eyes on a traditional Christmas in historic Canons Ashby where you can explore a fascinating house dressed with festive cheer or enjoy a fresh winter stroll outside where the little ones can join in with Percy the Park Keepers winter wander trail.

Explore the Tudor house and St Mary’s Church decked with greenery and traditional decorations, many of which are grown in the gardens especially for Christmas. Admire a feast fit for the season in the Georgian Dining Room and take a photo of yourselves in front of the colourful Christmas tree in the Great Hall or outside in the Pebble Court.

Wrap up warm and enjoy a walk outside in the parkland. Bird spotters may be lucky to see a large variety over the winter, and muntjac and roe deer can occasionally be spotted around the edge of the park and paddock. Enjoy the sharp clear lines of the formal garden and baroque vistas through the leafless trees as the little ones help Percy on the Christmas trail. The Coach House Gift Shop and Tearoom will be open to tempt you with a warming drink and treat and inspire for those last minute Christmas gifts.

The Canons Ashby evening Christmas concert is back this Saturday 27 November. Talented musicians Eboracum Baroque return to perform choral music from across the ages including lively medieval carols and seasonal favourites for a magical evening in the atmospheric courtyard. (this is a bookable event and tickets may sell out soon).

For more information, to check opening times and to check availability and book tickets for the Christmas concert, click HERE

Upton House, near Banbury.

There is chance to connect with nature and each other at Upton House and Gardens this Christmas. Get ready for some outdoor fun with Percy the Park Keeper on a special trail around Upton’s winter garden and woodland and enjoy Christmas decorations with the theme of All Four Seasons round the house.

Inside you can explore the Entrance Hall, Dining Room, Long Gallery and the Picture Room. See some of the finest pieces of the collection, such as the works by Hogarth and Stubbs, as well as items from the property’s vast porcelain collection. This Christmas Upton House have taken inspiration from Abel Grimmer’s set of four paintings, The Four Seasons. As you move through the decorated rooms you will move through each season, all with a Christmas flourish.

Outside enjoy a brisk stroll or a leisurely amble on the Winter Walk with open views into the heart of the garden and to the surrounding countryside. Winter is also the perfect season to appreciate Upton’s historic cedars; experience the drama these magnificent trees bring to the bare landscape. The Woodland walk is made for nature adventures and is where little ones can enjoy Percy the Park Keepers winter wander trail.

Warm up before heading home, with home-made refreshments from our Pavilion café and a browse round our Gift Shop for those last-minute gifts.

For more information and to check opening times, visit their website HERE

Luminate, Coombe Abbey, near Rugby.

A spectacular after-dark light trail has already opened at Coombe Abbey for this year’s yuletide period, promising to wow its visitors and really get them in the festive spirit.

After being forced to cancel last year due to Covid, Luminate opened last Thursday at the historic parkland setting between Rugby and Coventry and will be running nightly until Christmas Eve 24th December.

Starting from the Park’s Visitor Centre, the light trail will weave a one and a half kilometre long route around the park and gardens at Coombe Abbey. Once on the trail visitors can expect to see a host of 3D projections, light tunnels, a wishing tree, interactive light elements, a light maze and much more.

Tickets for the trail are now on sale via the website HERE.

festive welcome at Canons Ashby
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