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Explore Magical Christmas Markets With The National Trust

Posted on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 04:52PM by
 Explore magical Christmas markets with the National Trust

If you’re looking for somewhere special to do the Christmas shopping this year, look no further than the National Trust. With lots of unique Christmas markets selling gorgeous handmade crafts, delicious local food and extra-special gifts, the National Trust is putting the magic back into the Christmas shopping experience.

Escape the high street crowds and indulge yourself in locally made mulled wine and mince pies, stroll through winter gardens that glisten and sparkle in the frost and soak up the festive spirit whilst finding unique gifts for your loved ones.

And warm yourself with the knowledge that each magical day out supports the National Trust’s work as a charity looking after special places for future generations to enjoy.

Here’s the National Trust’s pick of the best festive fairs:

Trelissick, Cornwall

Trelissick Craft fair, 28 November, 10.30am – 4pm

Let the magic of Christmas enchant you in this beautiful country estate, the perfect setting for a Christmas craft fair. With gorgeous handmade gifts, made especially for you by Trelissick staff and volunteers, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Once you’ve had a full dose of retail therapy why not explore the gardens and woodland, and discover the winter wonders of the natural world.

Price: Free event

For more information, please call 01872 862090


Tyntesfield, North Somerset

Festive Food and Craft Market, 5 – 6 December, 10am – 3pm

Start your festive season at Tyntesfield, as we host our Christmas food and craft market. Stroll around Home Farm, enjoy the atmosphere and pick up some locally made Christmas treats. Fill those bellies with seasonal goodies, while we help you fill those Christmas stockings with handmade jewellery and ceramics. There’ll be Christmassy entertainment on hand too!

Price: Free event

For more information, please call 01275 461 900


Lydford Gorge, Devon

Winter Fayre, 29 November, 11am – 3.30pm

Deck your halls with boughs of holly! Lydford Gorge will once again be opening up for another spectacular winter fayre, complete with Dartmoor Christmas trees, mistletoe, holly and garlands for sale along with local produce and unique gifts. With a 'Where's Rudolph' trail and craft activities for children, there’s something to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Price: Free event (small charge for children’s craft activities)

For more information, please call 01822 820441


Stourhead, Wiltshire

Christmas Craft Fair, 12 – 13 December, 10am – 4.30pm

If you enjoy a winter walk and are looking for the perfect festive gifts, Stourhead will be answering all your Christmas wishes at once. On a refreshing stroll discover the magnificent garden set around a huge lake, scattered with gothic and classical buildings. Visit the Christmas Craft Fair for locally created gifts, from beautiful hand-made jewellery and ceramics, to original art; find a unique present for that special someone.

Price: Free event

For more information, please call 01747 841152


Petworth House and Park, West Sussex

Petworth House Christmas Fair, 21 – 22 November, 10.30am - 3.30pm

If you dream of doing all your Christmas shopping in a magical winter wonderland away from the hustle and bustle of the high street then look no further than Petworth Park’s Christmas Fair. This year, the fair takes place in a new location, and is set in the famous historic parkland that inspired countless artists, including JMW Turner. With over 140 artisan stalls there is a huge variety of gifts on offer, from designer jewellery and handbags to decorative gifts for the home, children’s toys, clothing and luxury food items.

Price: Adult £6, Child: free (NT members free)

For more information, please call 01798 342207


Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, East Sussex

Family Christmas Fayre, 5 – 6 December, 11am – 3.30pm

Get your Christmas shopping sorted with some truly unique gifts made by local artists, jewellers and crafts people. Then soak up the festive atmosphere and take the kids to do some Christmas crafts and meet Santa Claus himself. Afterwards, why not go on a crisp winter walk along the beautifully unspoilt Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, taking in the spectacular views and tranquil surroundings. This is bound to be a world away from the typical Christmas shopping experience.

Price: Free event (£3 entry to meet Father Christmas)

For more information, please call 01323 422511


Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Christmas Craft Fair, 14 – 15 November, 10.30am - 5pm

Visit a working estate still guided by the seasons, with an impressive mansion and working Home Farm this winter. Wimpole's festive season starts with a Christmas Craft Fair where you’ll find unique and unusual presents from over sixty craft stalls. After a spot of shopping indulge yourself and visit the Stable Block shops to enjoy some mulled wine and delicious mince pies.

Price: £4 (under 14's free)

For more information, please call 01223 206302


Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Christmas Fayre, 13 - 14 November, 11am - 4pm

This hauntingly beautiful estate, with far-reaching views over the river Deben, is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time and is a great place to visit in the winter months. Get inspiration for Christmas at the festive gift fayre and browse gorgeous crafts and gifts, sample local Suffolk produce and enjoy some merry music.
Price: Adult £3, Child £2 (includes entrance to site)

For more information, please call 01394 389714


Dudmaston Estate, Shropshire

Christmas Fair, 14 - 15 November, 11am - 4pm

Discover the beauty of this Shropshire country estate and browse over seventy stalls in the orchard to get your Christmas shopping off to a good start. With hundreds of unique gifts from jewellery and crafts to festive food and drink, you're sure to find something for even the hardest people to shop for. With craft activities to keep the children happy and live music to get your toes tapping, this events will definitely get you in the festive mood.

Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

For more information, please call 01746 780866


East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire

Christmas Fair, 5 – 6 December, 11am – 4pm

Soak up the magical festive atmosphere of the Christmas fair and stock-up on Christmas gifts for your loved ones. With over 25 local stall holders selling special hand-crafted gifts and festive foods, this fair offers a more relaxed way of shopping and avoiding the hassle of the high street. Outside, the intimate gardens and natural play areas are perfect places to while away the hours before you head home to begin the wrapping.

Price: Free event

For more information, please call 01535 683806


Washington Old Hall, Tyne & Wear

Frost Fayre, 22 November, 11am – 4pm

Enjoy the tranquillity of the garden in the winter months before looking for the perfect gift at the Frost Fayre. Browse amongst the unique handmade crafts for that special gift you've been searching for and get yourself into the festive spirit with a mulled wine and mince pie, or two. Nestled in the heart of historic Washington village, this picturesque stone manor house and its gardens provide a tranquil winter oasis.

Price: Free event

For more information, please call 0191 4166879


The Argory, County Armagh

Christmas Fair, 5 – 6 December, 11.30am – 5.30pm

Visit The Argory’s annual Christmas Fair for seasonal celebrations and fill yourself with festive cheer. Local craft, food and drink stalls as well as traditional entertainment will put sparkle into your day and make the high street feel like a distant memory.  After you’ve filled your bags with festive goodies take a tour of the house, which is sure to be beautifully decorated and full of fun surprises.

Price: Adult £5.25, child £2.50, family £13 (NT members free)

For more information, please call 028 8778 4753


Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

Edwardian Christmas fayre, 28 – 29 November, 10am – 5pm

With free mulled wine and mince pies for all, and more craft and food stalls than ever before, the Dinefwr Edwardian Christmas fayre is sure to get your festive season off to a cracking start. Choirs and big bands will help to get you into the Christmas spirit, and Santa Claus will be in his grotto to keep the kids entertained.

Price: Free event

For more information, please call 01558 82412


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