Christmas is coming to Blickling Estate 2018

The tree lined front drive at Blickling Hall

We’ll be celebrating Christmas throughout the estate to help kick-start your festive season. To make the most of the beautiful tree lined drive and the garden decorated in lights, we're open until 6.30pm, so you'll have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere...

From Saturday 1 - Friday 21 December, enjoy the colours, smells and sounds of Christmas across the estate. Discover a Georgian Christmas experience in the house and explore our enchanting garden of lights. 

Weekends can be popular, so if you’re after a slightly quieter experience why not round up your family and friends for a special trip after school or work?

Deck the halls 

Daily | 10.30am - 6.30pm

Begin your visit with Blickling's iconic tree-lined driveway before stepping inside to explore the house in all its festive splendour. This year, to reflect upon our five year conservation project of the eighteenth century, Long Gallery library we are having a Georgian focus throughout the house. Please be aware that entry to the house requires a timed ticket*

*Last entry to the house is 45 minutes before closing, at 5.45pm. Either book your timed tickets for the house online and collect from visitor reception on day of entry, or buy on a first-come-first-served basis upon arrival at visitor reception. 

Garden of lights

Daily | 10.30am - 6.30pm

Head out into the spectacular garden of lights and discover Temple Walk, the Parterre and the Walled Garden as you take an enchanting winter stroll. Then warm up with mulled wine and a mince pie as you soak up the magical atmosphere until 6.30pm* in the evening.

*Last entry to the garden is 45 minutes before closing, at 5.45pm. 

Top tips to help you plan your festive day out

Discover the garden of lights from Saturday 1 - Friday 21 December 2018.
The fountain and parterre garden lit up by thousands of lights.
Discover the garden of lights from Saturday 1 - Friday 21 December 2018.

Festive food

Traditional Christmas fayre will be served all day with hot meals including Christmas dinners, one pot winter warmers, soups and light bites.  If you're visiting us at the weekend and a barbeque is more your thing, then head to the farmyard, where you can enjoy Blickling venison burgers as you warm up by the fire pit.  

Try a Blickling venison burger
Blickling venison burger stall
Try a Blickling venison burger

A spot of shopping

Daily | 10.30am - 6.30pm

Looking for the perfect gift? We've made it easy to find just what you're looking for with a selection of our favourite presents to suit every lifestyle and personality.  Festive treats for foodies, gifts for garden lovers, a wide range of fiction and non-fiction for book worms and sparkling Christmas decorations to add to your collection at home,  

If children are picking gifts, there's a whole range of toys, games and books, as well as homeware and locally produced smellies, perfect for grannies, grandads and other family members.

The Farmyard

Not only will we be serving barbeque venison burgers at weekends, but in the Farmyard you'll also find more opportunities to shop. The plant centre provides a wide range of garden gifts, plants and plenty of greenery for you to use in your own decorations at home.

Sacks of Blickling logs or woodchip are available to buy in the farmyard, just speak to one of the team by the fire pit* if you'd like to buy one.

*Farmyard barbeque and fire pit are only available at weekends.

Loft Gallery Christmas shopping

Friday - Sunday | 10.30am - 6.30pm*

Wander through our gallery of shops in The Loft with a range of National Trust gifts as well as local art and crafts.

Local artists from the Norfolk Craft Guild will have a variety of pottery, sculptures, textiles, jewellery and stained glass, perfect for Christmas gifts.

*Dates and times subject to change whilst we confirm with Norfolk Craft Guild. 


This event is free for National Trust members.  If you're not a member yet, you can join on the day.  For non-members, usual admission applies.

We'd recommend you bring extra cash with you on the day in case you fancy refreshments in the Walled Garden and Temple.