Christmas at Buckland Abbey

Christmas flower display

Join in with the festive magic, as Buckland transforms into a decorated Tudor wonderland. There's plenty for the family to do throughout December from seasonal crafts, Christmas trails and much more.

Audience with Olde Father Christmas

Have you been naughty or nice this year?

A very special visitor will be popping into Buckland over the Christmas period to spread some festive cheer, as Olde Father Christmas tells tales of Christmases gone by. Every child will also recieve a special keepsake gift to take home. Booking available soon. 

Buckland Abbey's Old Father Christmas in traditional green
Old Father Christmas dressed in green is sat down and handing presents to a boy and his family in a decorated room
Buckland Abbey's Old Father Christmas in traditional green

Festive Family Trails

With both an indoor and outdoor trail this year, there is something for the whole family to enjoy this December. Why not take part in our christmas star estate trail this year?  Follow the stars along the yellow route to discover the special constellations that helped Drake to navigate the seas.

Explore the Buckland Abbey estate
Explore the Buckland Abbey estate
Explore the Buckland Abbey estate

 

Christmas Crafts

Every weekend in December will have a different festive craft for the whole family to take part in. Head to the school room to join in the fun. 

Christmas crafts
Child wearing antlers doing some crafts, next to her is a lady watching her
Christmas crafts

Buckland Transformed

Head into the abbey to see the house fully decorated this year, as it transforms into a magical wonderland. 

Come and see the cascade in the abbey, as it decends down the Georgian staircase with over 700 decorations, all made by our wonderful volunteer costume group. 

Or perhaps come and see the floral cascade and works of art around the abbey, which has been created by local flower arrangers who are part of the National Asociation of Floral Arrangement Society (NAFAS)

Christmas floral wreath
Christmas wreath in a window
Christmas floral wreath

The Great Barn

The magic doesn't stop in the Abbey - be sure to step into the Great Barn to see it transformed into a woodland wonderland with over 200 trees filling the barn and a galaxy of Christmas wish stars hanging over head. 

Stars and the Christmas tree in the Great Barn at Buckland Abbey
Stars made by pupils from St Andrew's Primary School in the Great Barn at Buckland Abbey
Stars and the Christmas tree in the Great Barn at Buckland Abbey

Festive eating and shopping

If you're looking for a great gift, or simply want to treat yourself, there's no better place to look that in the shop.

Christmas shopping
Lady placing christmas hampers on a shelf
Christmas shopping

From glittering decorations to tasty food and drink, there are plenty of tempting goodies on the shelves. 

While you're here, why not sample a home made mince pie or hot chocolate in front of the cosy woodburner in the restaurant?

Mince pies and hot chocolate get togethers
Three people sat around a table eating mince pies underneath a christmas tree and christmas lights
Mince pies and hot chocolate get togethers