See Christmas through the ages at Avebury
Why not leave the bleak mid-winter outside and find Christmas warmth and cheer at Avebury? You can join in with one of our Christmas events, visit Avebury Manor to see it decorated for the festive season, or you can be tempted by the Christmas aromas at the café, delve into the National Trust shop and begin your Christmas shopping.
Christmas preview at Avebury Manor
22 November, various times throughout the day, £8 per person.
You can get a sneak preview before we officially open for Christmas, of Avebury Manor decorated through the ages. Here is a chance to explore the manor, talk to the guides and enjoy the decorations. A hot drink and mince pie is included in the price.
The Keiller lecture
1 December, 10.30am-12pm, £16
Dr Ros Cleal, Curator of the Alexander Museum gives her annual lecture on the work and life of Alexander Keiller, the archaeologist who was largely responsible for Avebury as it is today. In the 1920/30's he undertook extensive excavation work at Avebury and the surrounding area, forwarding our knowledge about the Neolithic and Bronze age. Tea/coffee and cake is included in the cost
Winter warmer walks
7 and 14 December, 10.30am-12.30pm, £15
Leave the crowds behind and join archaeologist Dr Nick Snashall for a winter ramble around the stone circles, where you'll learn all about prehistoric Avebury from the expert. Followed by Christmas liqueur and mince pies in the National Trust shop where you'll have the chance to shop with a 10% discount.
Christmas tours of Avebury Manor
18, 19 and 20 December, 1.30-3.30pm, £15
Each room in Avebury Manor is set in a different period, reflecting the lives of the people who lived here. This Christmas tour is a chance to discover how people celebrated Christmas through the ages, from Tudor times until the 1930's. The tour is followed by a cream tea with a special Christmas twist.
Music, lights and merriment
9 December, until 6pm, free event
Christmas carols, mince pies, many different gift stalls - from cards to jewellery, ceramics and clothing and a very warm welcome - the atmosphere at this late opening event is not to be missed. Free entry to the Barn Gallery of the museum, liqueur tasting, treats from the Circles Cafe and the Circle of Lights display this is the perfec opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit.