Christmas at Buckland Abbey

Whether you are looking for a special gift, treating yourself to a hearty lunch, heading out on a bracing walk or admiring decorations, Buckland Abbey is the place to come for a festive day out.

What's in the Barn?

There's something very special happening in the Great Barn this year.

Using natural materials, props and a lot of creativity, local NAFAS groups are recreating the twelve days of Christmas in displays which will fill the barn with colour, festive aromas and plenty of seasonal cheer. 

You won't want to miss this spectacular event, so come along and admire each one of the 'days' for yourself. Experience the magic on one of our free Wednesday late night openings ( 6-9pm on 2, 9 and 16 December), or combine it with a visit to the Abbey daily between 1 and 20 December.

The decorated Abbey

Visit the Abbey during December and see the ground floor decorated as it would have been in Tudor times. Imagine the pots and pans in the kitchen bubbling away with delicious winter feasts, enjoy a moment of peace in the chapel and immerse yourself in the magic of the season in the great hall, where it is rumoured that a certain someone may be visiting at weekends...listen out for those sleigh bells.

Come along on Tuesdays to see Tudor cooks creating a feast in the kitchen between 11.30am and 3pm.

Reduced admission prices to the Abbey from 1-20 December - ground floor only open. Guided tours of the whole house available, please call for more details or ask at Visitor Welcome when you arrive.

Olde Father Christmas will be in the great hall of the Abbey at 12, 1, 2 and 3pm on weekends in December. £4 per child including a gift.

Winter Wednesday late nights

Come along free of charge on 2, 9 and 16 December between 6 and 9pm to experience the magic of Christmas at Buckland at night. Admire the displays in the Great Barn, shop for gifts in the shop and treat yourself to a meal in the restaurant. Bring along a torch and sturdy footwear and head out on the yellow walk to follow the 12 days trail by torchlight too. 

A winter wonderland

What could be better than a walk through the woods on a frosty winter's day? Our four way marked trails across the estate are available as usual during normal property open hours, and offer some spectacular views across Dartmoor and the Tavy valley. Four legged friends are welcome on the walks too, just ask for a map at Visitor Welcome. 

The gardens are also open, and are a wonderful place to enjoy a moment of peace and quiet, surrounded only by bird song and the crunch of leaves underfoot. If you need a haven of calm away from packed shopping centres and queues of traffic, look no further. 

Family fun

If you're feeling creative, come along on 6 and 13 December to make a unique gift from felt with Claire Packer, or on 19 and 20 December to join Naturemake who'll be helping you to create your own special decorations. Take a look at the what's on page to find out more.

Eating and shopping

Our restaurant will be running a festive menu throughout December this year. Treat yourself to a mince pie and a warming mulled cider, or meet your friends for a home cooked Christmas lunch. Bookable meals are available on Wednesday late nights too. If you'd like to know more, or wish to book a table, give our catering team a call on 01822 856041.

Why not visit our shop to pick up some extra special gifts while you're here too? With beautiful items to suit all budgets, we have everything from cards and decorations to food and drink, books and homeware, so no matter who you're buying for, you're bound to find that perfect present. 

After Christmas

We're open from 27 December - 3 January this year (not New Year's Day), so if you fancy a bit of fresh air, a hot chocolate to warm you up and a friendly welcome, come along and see us. If you have a PL20 postcode, entry during this week is free, just bring proof of your address with you when you visit.