Christmas is coming...
Join us for a 1930s Christmas as we get the big house ready for Lord Lothian and his guests. To make the most of the beautiful tree lined drive and the garden decorated in lights, we're open until 8pm, so you'll have plenty of time to soak up the festive atmosphere.
25 - 27 November & 2 - 4 December | 11am-8pm
The iconic Christmas tree lined drive
The sight of the trees in front of the hall is a magical one and this year it won't disappoint with 24 trees lining the drive. Including the house and gardens, we'll have 50 Christmas trees lit up, with over 19,000 lights decorating them.
Art Nouveau decorations
We'll be celebrating with an Art Nouveau theme this year, with beautiful floral designs throughout the house. Pick up a bauble as you enter the Great Hall and help Mr Dunning the Butler and Lord Lothain decorate their Christmas trees. Don't forget to make a wish for Christmas as you hang your bauble.
Costumed interpretation will bring the Christmas past to life through the house, while downstairs, the 1930s cooks will fill the kitchen with festive aromas and you may even get a morsel to try.
The house will open at 2pm each day with last entry at 7pm.
The garden is not to be missed this year as darkness falls, with lights sparkling on the parterre and trees lit up in festive colours. Temple walk will be lined with 24 Christmas trees, and you'll be able to warm up with mulled wine and enjoy a mince pie when you reach the lit Temple.
Traditional Christmas fayre will be served all day with hot meals up to 6.30pm including Christmas dinners, hot turkey baps, soups and light bites. If a BBQ is more your thing, then head to the farmyard, where you can enjoy Blickling venison burgers and spicy potato wedges as you warm up by the fire pit. There’ll also be gingerbread, hot chestnuts, tasty treats and mulled wine.
A spot of shopping
Wander through our gallery of shops with a range of National Trust gifts as well as local art and crafts from the Norfolk Craft Guild, the North Norfolk Organisation for Visual Artists and the Norfolk Creative and Contemporary Artists.
The plant centre will also be open in the farmyard with garden gifts, plants, sacks of Blickling logs and plenty of greenery for you to use in your own decorations at home.
Don't miss at the weekend...
The tunnel of light
Why not explore the walled garden, with a tunnel of twinkling fairy lights and walls lit up in red and green. Then get festive with a glass of fizz or mulled wine.
A visit to the farmyard
Enjoy mulled wine or a tasty venison burger from the BBQ. Sit by the fire pit and grab one of the blankets to keep you warm as you take in the atmosphere (Friday to Sunday).
Stepping back in time
Catch our costumed interpretation volunteers who will be performing Christmas past scenarios throughout the house, bringing history to life (Friday to Sunday).
See the lights by horse and carriage
Enjoy an exclusive horse and carriage ride from the gardens out into the parkland. Rides cost £4 for adults, £3 for children and are available on both weekends (Friday - Sunday from 2pm onwards, cash only, weather and ground condition permitting).