A 17th-century Christmas at Dyrham Park

Festive greenery at Dyrham Park

Enjoy a 17th-century Christmas at Dyrham Park this year - a time before the Victorians put their stamp on things.

We're embracing our 17th-century roots this Christmas as the house offers a glimpse into the christmasses of years gone by.

Carefully crafted festive greenery is on display thorughout Dyrham Park's house and courtyard, with a scent of orange and spices permeating the air.

Children's trail

The Lord of Misrule was a mischievous elf-type character who will be hiding in various spots around Dyrham Park this Christmas. Pick up a trail leaflet at reception and see if you can spot all 12 of him.

Carol concerts

If you pop into the neighbouring St Peter's Church, you can hear some local choirs singing Christmas carols - and you can join in if you wish.

Pop up performances

On 16 - 19 & 28 - 29 Dec we're joined by a team of actors for some pop-up performances in the house and courtyard.

Christmas markets

A weekend Frost Fayre takes place in the stables on 16 & 17 Dec 2017 when you can pick up some Christmas bits and gifts from local crafts people and suppliers.


Children and adults alike can get crafty with our Christmas decoration-making sessions, including bookcraft (booking essential).

A Christmas wedding

Civil servant William Blathwayt married heiress to the Dyrham estate Mary Wynter on December 23 1686, which enabled him to set to work building Dyrham house as we know it today.

The marriage came about following a short negotiation with the then owner of Dyrham Park and Mary's father, John Wynter. William and Mary met just a handful of times before getting married in St Peter's church. You can learn more about this wedding when you visit the house this Christmas.

A taste of Christmas

As well as all of this, you can enjoy hot drinks and sweet treats in the tea-room, a spot of Chrismtas shopping in our National Trust shop, with edible delights as well as cards and gifts.

Dyrham Park is open daily from 10am-4pm (last entry at 3pm). The whole site is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.