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Christmas at Powis Castle, Powys

Historic houses decked out for Christmas 

Step back in time and experience a historic Christmas first-hand. See houses decked out with decorations from across history and be transported right back to the festivities of the time.

A red squirrel balances on the thin branch of a tree while holding onto the trunk in the woodlands at Wallington.

Places to spot winter wildlife 

Whether you're spotting seal pups in Norfolk or catching a glimpse of Devon's Dartmoor ponies, there's plenty of wildlife to see in winter. Get outdoors and discover the best places for winter wildlife watching.

Children playing at Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire

Top ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities to do in winter 

Winter is the perfect time for many of the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities. Wrap up warm and go welly wandering, fossil hunting or stargazing.

Visitors explore the trail at Elterwater, Cumbria

Top accessible walks 

Find out more about the places in our care with accessible trails to explore with pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility aids. Experience nature without having to go off the beaten track.

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Things to see and do

Two caricatures side by side from the collection in the Caricature Room at Calke Abbey, both depicting people braving a blizzard. In the first picture is a women with an umbrella, while the second picture is a man holding onto his hat, while blizzards blow around both of them.

Advent calendar of Christmas treasures 

Get into the Christmas spirit with our Advent calendar of 24 festive objects from the collections in our care. Find out what today's object is and delve into the origins of the Advent calendar.

Volunteer pruning an espaliered fruit tree in the Walled Garden during a working holiday at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Gardening tips for winter 

Keep your garden or green spaces thriving with our winter gardening tips. There are plenty of jobs to keep you busy, including protecting your plants and wildlife, planting for winter colour, pruning rose bushes or planning ahead for warmer days.

Oval framed photographic portrait of Henry, Airmyne and Charles Jenney, aged about 8, 9 and 10. They're shown bust-length, wearing summer clothing. It's signed on the lower right; 'Debenham G.?/Bournemouth/1929'

Disability histories at the places in our care 

This Disability History Month (16 November–16 December), learn about some of the disabled people with connections to the places we look after, the experiences and challenges they faced and the individuals who supported them.

Christmas tree decorated with traditional ornaments and a family in the background at Cragside, Northumberland

Make scented orange slice tree decorations 

Learn how to make simple and sustainable Christmas decorations with orange slices and cloves. You can either adorn your own Christmas tree or give them as a gift.

In the news

The Sycamore Gap tree at Hadrian's Wall moved by crane on 12 October 2023, Northumberland, with landscape in the background

Our statement on the felling of the Sycamore Gap tree 

For nearly 200 years, the iconic Sycamore Gap tree was an unmistakable landmark at Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort. We were shocked and saddened when it was felled on 27 September, and we've now moved the tree to a safe location. We're inviting you to send us your memories of the tree and to support our tree-planting work in the Northumberland area.

Holidays and shopping

The exterior of Nant Las, Gwynedd

Book a festive getaway 

Escape the hustle and bustle of the festive season with a last-minute Christmas or New Year break at the places in our care.

Christmas decorations on a mantle piece including fairy lights, a paper snowflake and reindeer baubles

Dress your home for Christmas 

Add a little more magic to your home with our range of Christmas decorations. From hand-crafted baubles to seasonal garlands, you'll find plenty to prepare for the holiday season.

Visitors in the kitchen at Christmas, Petworth, West Sussex

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