Christmas at Allan Bank

This Christmas, why not immerse yourself in tradition and embrace all things handmade and natural. At Allan Bank you’ll be greeted with a ho-ho-homespun Christmas and year old traditions that give a rustic homely feel to the festivities. From wreath making workshops to all the arts and crafts materials you need to get creative, as well as festive carols around the tree, there’s fun for all the family.

Picture the scene: You take a stroll through frosty trees and crunchy leaves, stopping to gaze at a still lake, and when you start to feel a chill an open log fire is waiting to greet you inside. A house full of warmth, a place to sit back and relax, reading a book, hand-crafting or painting the views; with tea and coffee on donation and indoor picnic spots to inject a feeling of warmth. 

If this sounds like the perfect start to the festive season, then head to Allan Bank to be enveloped in pure, uniterrupted Christmas spirit. Here's what's on offer over the festive season:

Christmas wreath making
Once the house is decorated for the festivities and the Christmas tree is in all its glory in the hall, this is the perfect time to come along to our Christmas wreath workshop. 

Join our House Flower Arranger, Janet Thompson, for either a morning or an afternoon of festive fun and creativity. Use a mixture of natural foliage and decorations to create a traditional scented Christmas door wreath.

Starting from scratch, Janet will guide you through all the steps you’ll need to take home a beautiful festive wreath ready for the season ahead. She’ll provide all the materials, including holly, fir, berries, pine cones and scented dried oranges, and from there you can get creative and make your own unique wreath. For the full festive experience, mince pies and mulled wine will be available. 

The wreath making workshops take place on Saturday 1 December and you can choose between the morning one at 11am-12.30pm or the afternoon at 2-3.30pm.
To book your tickets for either session, head over to our events page. 

Christmas wreath making at Allan Bank
Christmas wreath making at Allan Bank
Christmas wreath making at Allan Bank

Let’s get crafty this Christmas 
Add a personal touch to your Christmas cards and decorations this year with a little creativity and all the materials you need in our arts and crafts room. Think homemade paper-chains, natural textures, hand-drawn Lake District scenes, and homemade gift tags to adorn your gifts. 

Take inspiration from the views and nature’s offerings and craft something that will make someone’s day this Christmas. Here’s a few ideas to get you started: 

-    Christmas cards decorated with a couple of winter leaves from the grounds or your favourite view from Allan Bank. 
-    Cut your own gift tags and decorate in festive prints, such as Christmas trees or baubles. 
-    Paper snowflakes

Or come along to one of our mini snowmen wreath workshops on Saturday 24 November where you’ll be able to create a festive beaded wreath complete with a beaded snowman. A great activity to ease you into the festive period and you’ll be able to take home your finished wreath to hang on the Christmas tree. £5, no booking required. Drop in sessions from 11am til 3pm. See the What’s On page for more details. 

We’d love to see your creations – share them with us on Facebook @NationalTrustAllanBank

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear…

… At our Grasmere Glee carol concert, where everyone can join in for a good old sing song.  We’ll also be hosting a day of live Christmas classics to get you in the spirit. See our What’s On page for details.