Stately homes with Christmas events in the Cotswolds 2020
PUBLISHED: 17:58 15 September 2020 | UPDATED: 12:01 18 January 2021
Visit one of these stunning country estates in the Cotswolds which are putting on festive events from light displays to Christmas themed afternoon teas
Surrounded by rolling Cotswold countryside, Sudeley Castle has a history that goes back 1,000 years. It has been home and sanctuary to many members of the royal family throughout its centuries and is the resting place of King Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Queen Katherine Parr.
The castle and its grounds are a pleasure to visit and although its exhibitions are closed until 2021, the Spectacle of Light will be on during certain evenings throughout December. The illuminated trail will guide visitors around the grounds for its fifth year running.
Book your ticket online, which must be done in advance of your visit.
Arguably one of the country’s grandest country houses is Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site and major visitor attraction for Cotswolds residents and tourists. The palace dates back to the early 18th century and its grand rooms are a pleasure to explore.
The house is adorned with Christmas decorations during December for an extra festive visit and an illuminated light trail on the estate will keep the whole family occupied. You can even leave the palace with a Christmas tree grown on the estate!
The trail runs until 10th January 2021 and tickets must be pre-booked online.
The beautiful Ellenborough Park is a 16th century luxury hotel and spa just outside of Cheltenham known for its lavish interiors and beautiful grounds.
There’s lots going on for Christmas at Ellenborough: Marvel at the decorations as you enjoy a festive themed afternoon tea, join a festive wreath making masterclass or spend a weekend in the hotel during the Christmas holidays.
Book your afternoon tea, wreath making or stay online.
The National Trust owned Dyrham Park is comprised of the 17th century house and garden and surrounding deer park. It has a particular alluring beauty during the winter months which will make your Christmastime walk all the more special.
Many National Trust properties are holding the Peter Rabbit winter adventure activity trail including Dyrham, which is a perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy.
The trail runs every day from 10am to 3pm until January 10 2021 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Newark Park is the grand estate including a former Tudor hunting lodge surrounded by beautiful foliage in the parkland. This is another Cotswold country house that will make for a wonderful Christmassy walk. The Peter Rabbit trail will also be available here for the little ones to enjoy.
There will be timed entry for the estate and garden at weekends to ensure that there are not too many people at once. You can also find takeaway coffees and snacks in the cafe.
Book your visit online before visiting to avoid disappointment.