Buckland Abbey Christmas

two people decorating a lit christmas tree

Join in with the festive magic, as Buckland transforms into a decorated Tudor home. Or head to the Great Barn where you enter a forest of Christmas trees and be immersed in a river of light.


Festive treats
Christmas decoration and tree behind it
Festive treats

Woodland wonderland - River of light

From Saturday 4th December 2021

Feel the festive vibes with a Christmas tree forest in the Great Barn leading to the large Buckland estate tree.

Follow the twinkling lights of the trees as you meander your way through the forest. But the path is not actually a path....it is a River of Light to make you feel like you are walking through a river. 

The rivers and waterways here at Buckland were very important to all the people who lived and worked here and made the abbey their home. 

We all rely on rivers. For centuries they’ve been the veins that run through our cities and countryside: providing water for us to drink and grow crops  and providing us with tranquil places to explore and escape.

Today though, our rivers are in trouble - and so is the wildlife that depends on them. This means that some of our most important plants, insects, animals and birds are at risk.

Christmas tree forest
forest of christmas trees in the barn with a figure standing at the front
Christmas tree forest

As you walk through the barn you will be immersed in the river of light which has been created using rippling lights of blue tone colours. You might also spot the odd fish or two on the side of the barn walls!

Come and see this amazing sight from Saturday 4th December 2021. 

Buckland Abbey Transformed

From Saturday 4th December 2021

Head into the abbey to see the house fully decorated this year, as it transforms into an Elizabethan home of feast and festivity. Open from Saturday 4th December 2021. 

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. 

Christmas Cascade
cascade down the stairs filled with decorations
Christmas Cascade

Collectively, many hundreds of hours have been spent working on this project.  There are around 600 individual pieces, all handmade and many involving extensive research. Whether at the Abbey, at home (and even on holiday!) volunteers have been busy creating since before the pandemic. 

history through time with 700 decorations
Cascade of decoration down the stairs with a person looking up at it
history through time with 700 decorations

As the Abbey transforms into a festive Tudor home, we have teamed up with a local florist who has beutifully decorated the fireplaces and staircases. 

Beautiful floral fire surround
Fire surround made of dried flowers
Beautiful floral fire surround

With every room of the abbey decorated this year, it is a Christmas not to be missed!

On the top floor of the abbey this year we have trees decorated by local Girl Guides groups and we have a special tree which tells the story of the importance of the river at Buckland. 

Olde Father Christmas

Olde Father Christmas has returned from his year off and is looking forward to greeting visitors at Buckland Abbey again. 

Traditional Olde Father Christmas dressed all in green has been very busy working on his own in the North Pole this year (alot of his elves had to work from home last year) so he needs your help. Instead of telling stories, Father Christmas will be meeting small groups of children in the kitchen around the crackling fire and he will be asking you to create some Christmas magic and make a small toy. 

Father Christmas will be travelling to Buckland for Saturday 18th - Sunday19th December. 

Tickets must be booked in advance, please present your booking reference at Visitor Welcome.

Tickets cost £4.00 per child and includes a small gift. 

Father christmas in green with presents

Christmas Elizabethan Dancing

Dust off your dancing shoes and step into Christmas with Renaissance Historical Dance Society. 

Watch some traditional Elizabethan dancing in the Great Hall as you are transported back in time to when Buckland Abbey would have been bought to life with laughter and dancing at Christmas time.

With a festive masked fairy-tale to enjoy, there is something for everyone to enjoy! 

Come and meet the dancers on Sunday 12th December 2022. Booking is not needed for this event, but to make sure we keep everyone safe, we might need to limit numbers into the Great Hall. 

Renaissance Historical Dance Society - Elizabethan dancing
Three ladies in Elizabethan costume in a circle wearing fairy masks and wings.
Renaissance Historical Dance Society - Elizabethan dancing

Choirs at Christmas

From Saturday 4th December 2021

Bring your best singing voice, as every weekend leading up to Christmas local choirs, musicans and singing groups perform some festive classics around the large Christmas tree in the Great Barn.

Choirs at Christmas
Ladies all singing carols
Choirs at Christmas

What time will the magic happen?

Groups will be performing in the barn at 1pm and 2pm for 30 minute slots.

There will be limited seating in the barn due to the forest of trees, so please be prepared to stand. 

Who will be performing

We are very lucky to have the following groups performing in the Great Barn:

Saturday 4th December - Calrinuts

Sunday 5th December - Tapestry Choir

Saturday 11th December - Sir Joshua Reynolds Choir

Sunday 12th December - North Prospect Community Choir and the Blokes who Sing. 

Saturday 18th December - Gracenotes Choir

Sunday 19th December - Local Scout Groups

Percy the Park Keeper’s winter wander trail

This Winter, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Buckland Abbey on the Percy the Park Keeper's Winter wander trail.

Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends and give nature a helping hand. Explore the gardens around the house and help Percy and his friends get ready for Winter. 

Trail is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

The trail will take place between Saturday 4th December - Sunday 2nd January 2022.

Trail £2 each. 

Percy the Park Keeper loves to spend time with his animal friends
Percy the Park Keeper with his animal friends looking over a wall
Percy the Park Keeper loves to spend time with his animal friends