Christmas at Belton

A Christmas bauble at Belton

Celebrate coming home for Christmas at Belton throughout the festive season, up until 3 January 2016. Take a tour of the below stairs areas, and get a peek into some of the mansion rooms being made ready for the Brownlow's Christmas homecoming. Explore the gardens with the jingle bell trail, write a letter to Father Christmas, and make Christmas crafts in the Discovery Centre. All are open daily except December 25.

The best of traditions

Christmas is often a time when loved ones return home, friends are reunited and families come together to celebrate the festive season. It’s a lovely tradition and one that has existed for centuries!

Have you got any very special guests coming this Christmas, or maybe you’re travelling a long way to be with loved ones?

This year we invite you to share your favourite traditions with us and maybe create some new ones. Why not leave a special Christmas message on the Greetings Tree or make a wish on a magic bauble?

Christmas Tree glistening
Christmas Tree glistening

Belton Remembers, Christmas 1915

Throughout the year, Belton has been marking the centenary of the foundation of the Machine Gun Corps in the parkland.

In 1915, not all of the soldiers would have made it home for Christmas and those that remained were invited to enjoy a festive feast in the mansion.

The Brownlow family were also at Belton for Christmas, and the staff would have been busy 'waking up the house' to be ready for their return.

Why not join us for a tour of the Belton below stairs and find out how the house was prepared for the festive season in 1915?

Crafts, trails and jingle bells

There's lots of twinkle at Belton this Christmas with trees of every shape and size! The Stables restaurant is dressed with traditional decorations to mark the Machine Gun Corps centenary of 1915.

You can help to grow the garland of greenery in the stableyard, make a Christmas wish when you hang a bauble on the wish tree, and come and see the festive shop window displays.

Young visitors can make traditional decorations in the Discovery Centre (Fridays - Sundays and during school holiday), much like the Belton servants or soldiers of WWI would have known.Why not imagine you’re a solider or servant at Belton in 1915 and write a letter home to your family?

Collect a free, festive family trail from the Ride Play Café and see if you can spot the jingle bells hidden about the gardens. Keep an eye out for Alf the Elf too - he's hiding in the Ride somewhere..!