Getting ready for Christmas

This Christmas, join us to celebrate well-loved traditions and create some new ones of your own.

Our Midwinter Mystery activities have been inspired by Kitty Brownlow’s love of amateur dramatics and 1920’s glamour, so release your inner Poirot this Christmas with a visit to Belton House.

Belton will be at its Christmas best from Saturday 23 November, open every day throughout winter, except Christmas day. 

Winter grounds admission charges apply, during normal opening hours.

Belton traditions

Help us grow Belton’s garland of greenery

Garland of greenery

Help us grow Belton’s garland of greenery in the stable yard with winter cuttings from the gardens. How far can will it reach this year? FREE.

Express your feelings about Christmas through art or creative writing.

Christmas creative

Pick up a card in the Stables café and illustrate your feelings about Christmas through art or creative writing. Why not leave it with us to display on the gift shop gallery wall? FREE.

A Christmas bauble at Belton

Wish tree

Choose a bauble from the bookshop to make a special wish for the New Year and place it on the magic wish tree in the stable yard. FREE.

Visit the mansion this Christmas

Admiring the Christmas decorations at Saltram, Devon

Junior detectives trail

Kitty Brownlow’s hidden special baubles around the house. Can you solve the clues to find them and work out the famous Christmas song? FREE with mansion admission.

Adult Craft Week

A Christmas crafting workshop printmaking

Prepare for the festive season as Adult Craft Week returns. Get creative with a range of Christmas crafting ideas before the holidays begin.

A Christmas wreath making workshop

Bring along a friend and enjoy a range of drop-in craft activities staring from £3.50, to get you in the festive spirit.

A Christmas decoration crafting workshop

Monday 25 – Friday 29 November 2019.

Away from it all

Enjoy a winter whodunit trail in the grounds of Belton House, Lincolnshire


The mysteries continue this Christmas with an outdoor whodunnit trail just for grown-ups. The stableboy’s found a body in the bothy, but can you solve the crime? FREE from Belton’s bookshop.

Family time

Visitors in the play area, walking along a fallen tree

Who stole the stollen?

The Brownlow’s Christmas stollen's been stolen from Belton’s kitchen and Agatha the cook is in a tizzy! Gather the family and complete the mystery trail through the adventure playground to identify the culprit. FREE from Muddy Hands kiosk.

There's family fun this winter at Killerton.

Advent calendar

When you arrive at Belton, don’t forget to pick a chocolate treat out of the giant advent calendar at Visitor Reception. FREE.

Have you sent a letter to Father Christmas this year?

Write to Father Christmas

Have you told Father Christmas about your visit to Belton House? Pick up a postcard from the Ride Play Café to tell him all about it then pop it in one of Belton’s North Pole post boxes. FREE.

Time for a treat

Upcoming events

Father Christmas and friends

Sun 15 Dec 2019
Join the elves at Belton’s Old School for a special fun-filled performance of festive singing and high jinks before a visit from Father Christmas, who comes bearing gifts.

Midwinter mystery tour in the mansion (23rd November - 22 December)

Sun 15 Dec 2019
Immerse yourself in the Jazz Age as Lady Kitty Brownlow, an amateur actress, welcomes High Society’s bright young things to join her in staging a murder mystery play, sparkling with twenties style.

Mansion at Christmas (8th - 22nd December)

Sun 15 Dec 2019
Enjoy Belton’s main reception rooms dressed for a high society Christmas. Be transported back in time to the roaring twenties with Christmas trees sparkling in Art Deco glamour, a lavishly dressed dining table and costumed house guests to greet you.

Guided parkland walk

Sun 15 Dec 2019
Meet Belton’s ranger team and find out about their work across the parkland during this 2-mile walk.

Christmas at Belton

Sun 15 Dec 2019
The magical, after-dark, illuminated trail.

Belton Estate 10k guided walk

Thu 19 Dec 2019
Explore Belton’s landscape, history and wildlife on a 10K walk across the wider estate, with the volunteer ranger team.