Join the midwinter merriment

The fireplace at Barrington Court decorated for Christmas

The rooms at Barrington Court will be brimming with festive atmosphere, adorned with natural garlands, Christmas trees and sparking lights.

A 1920s Christmas
Colonel Lyle restored the house and garden in the 1920s and three generations of his family lived here, entertaining and celebrating Christmas with friends and relations.  The tradition of jolly midwinter merriment is continued this season when the court house and gardens will be elegantly decorated in the style of the period. 

There is the opportunity to play gramophone records in the Great Hall and have-a-go at some old-fashioned games and jigsaws.  As well as beautiful decorations, there will be music and dancing.  You can singalong whilst dressed in 1920s-style accessories, or take a take a quiet moment and reflect on your own Christmases past in the memory room.

And meet the special man himself
Father Christmas has made his study a cosy place to meet and he'll have a gift ready for each child that pays him a visit. He is a very busy chap and, unfortunately, doesn't have any more appointments available.

A brisk winter walk and warming treat
Outside you can take a bracing walk in the crisp air to enjoy the stark, frosted beauty of the garden and parkland during wintertime; without the distraction of lush planting, it’s easier to appreciate the architectural detailing of the Court and neighbouring Strode House.  If you are in need of a winter warmer, be sure to drop into the festive food stop next to reception – it’s the perfect place to pick up a mulled Barrington Court cider and a mince pie.

Keep an eye out for the beautiful animal willow sculptures that will be appearing in the gardens.  They are the work of local artisit, Jo Sadler.  Her instinctive use of willow to capture the essence of a creature with its movement, form and grace, makes her work very distinctive and fits naturally in our beautiful surroundings.

Fit in some Christmas shopping
Pop into the shop for some inspiration.  If you're looking for a unique Barrington Court Christmas gift, or just a treat to yourself, sponsoring an apple tree is a great way to learn more about our orchards and the cider and apple juice we produce, whilst supporting our conservation work

For just £40, you will receive a sponsorship certificate, a personalised plaque on a tree in the Goose orchard, 10% off Barrington cider and apple juice from the shop, and an invitation to an orchard tour and lunch with our very own cider-maker.


Barrington Court will be open from Fridays to Mondays in December, except on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  During the midwinter merriment festivities, you can enjoy the more relaxed ambiance on Fridays and Mondays, or family fun on Saturdays and Sundays.