12 Days' of Christmas at Castle Coole

Experience the 12 Days' of Christmas at Castle Coole

From a outdoor Christmas trail, to gingerbread decorating, stocking fillers, festive food & drink and more, there is plenty of festive activities for you and your friends & family to experience on the lead-up to Christmas with us at Castle Coole!

Visit us this Winter at Castle Coole and enjoy our 12 Days' of Christmas as we bring you festive activities, food & drink, gift ideas and our Magical Christmas Santa experience

Please note that the main house is closed for house tours during winter for conservation - the Tallow-House Tearoom and Giftshop is open on 8, 9, 13-18 December. (Weekends 12pm-7pm & Weekdays 2pm-7pm)

Day 1 - Outdoor Christmas Trail

8, 9, 15, 16 December, 12pm-4pm

Help Santa at Castle Coole to find the missing reindeer!
Help Santa at Castle Coole to find the missing reindeer!
Help Santa at Castle Coole to find the missing reindeer!

Visit the Tallow-House Giftshop to pick-up your trail sheet as you help Santa to solve the mystery of the missing reindeer at Castle Coole. Find the clues along the trail to help you unscramble the letters as you discover the name of Santa's trusty reindeer! 

Each family can then return their trail sheet back to the Giftshop, to be entered into a draw for your chance to win one of Santa's wooden reindeers to take home, just in time for Christmas!

There is no cost for this activity. Please remember to wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. 

Day 2 - Mix & Match your own Gift Hamper

8, 9, 13-18 December

Pick the perfects gifts to create your own gift hamper for someone special
Pick the perfects gifts to create your own gift hamper for someone special
Pick the perfects gifts to create your own gift hamper for someone special

Why not pickup the perfect Christmas gifts from our giftshop and we will help you to put it all together in a beautfiul Gift Hamper!

From a range of National Trust items, including our new homeware collections, clothing, a range of seasonal jams, preserves and chutneys, books, childrens toys and cards, as well as a range of bespoke items from local crafters and makers! 

Day 3 - Festive Afternoon Tea

14, 15, 16 December, 12pm-4pm

Enjoy a festive afternoon tea with loved ones or catch-up with a friend this Christmas
Enjoy a festive afternoon tea with loved ones or catch-up with a friend this Christmas
Enjoy a festive afternoon tea with loved ones or catch-up with a friend this Christmas

Treat your loved ones or catch-up with a friend this Christmas over a delicious festive afternoon tea during the busy Christmas period. Relax and unwind as you enjoy traditional Christmas cakes, sandwiches, freshly baked scones and tempting chocolate treats. Served with either freshly brewed tea or coffee.

Festive Afternoon Tea for 2 only - £30 

Booking essential. For more information and to book, please contact 078 60257953. 

Day 4 - Leave a Christmas wish on the 'Wishing Tree'

8, 9, 13-18 December

As part of our Magical Christmas, leave a wish on our 'Christmas wish' tree after visiting Santa
As part of our Magical Christmas, leave a wish on our 'Christmas wish' tree after visiting Santa
As part of our Magical Christmas, leave a wish on our 'Christmas wish' tree after visiting Santa

Visit the 'Wishing Tree' in the Tallow-House Tearoom to leave a special wish this Christmas. Visiting Santa and Mrs Claus while at Castle Coole? They will both tell you a little more about how to make a wish on this special Christmas tree!

Day 5 - Winter Recipes

From traditional mince pies & christmas cake, to poached pears & pork pies and everything inbetween!
From traditional mince pies & christmas cake, to poached pears & pork pies and everything inbetween!
From traditional mince pies & christmas cake, to poached pears & pork pies and everything inbetween!

Roll up your sleeves and get stuck into some of our top recipes to try with the kids. Quick, easy and delicious, these cakes, breads, biscuits and spreads will be sure to keep hands busy and tummies happy this Christmas. View the link at the bottom of the page.

Day 6 - Stock-up on Winter Reads 

8, 9, 13-18 December

Find a classic in our second-hand bookshop
A selection of classic novels in our second-hand bookshop
Find a classic in our second-hand bookshop

Visit the Stables Bookshop to stock-up on some of our second-hand books to keep you going through this Winter. There is no better way to relax than with a good book infront of the fire this Christmas! Our Bookshop will also be home to a range of childrens Christmas crafts, as part of their visit to see Santa at a Magical Christmas at Castle Coole

Day 7 - Gingerbread Decorating

8, 9, 13-18 December

Visit our tearoom and have a go at decorating your own home-baked gingerbread man!
Visit our tearoom and have a go at decorating your own home-baked gingerbread man!
Visit our tearoom and have a go at decorating your own home-baked gingerbread man!

It wouldn't be Christmas, without some traditional ginger-bread decorating! Visit the Tallow-House Tearoom to collect your yummy homebaked gingerbread man and get started with the festive decorating! Whilst parents can enjoy a freshly brewed coffee or hot chocolate, along with a slice of Christmas cake while they wait!  

Day 8 - Support Local Crafters & Makers this Christmas

8, 9, 13-18 December

Browse a range of locally crafted products for the perfect gift
Browse a range of locally crafted products for the perfect gift
Browse a range of locally crafted products for the perfect gift

Looking for the perfect gift this Christmas? Visit the Tallow-House Giftshop and browse our range of locally crafted products. From health & beauty, to bespoke prints and more, we are proud to support our local makers and crafters. 

Day 9 - Treat yourself to a Hot Chocolate & Baby Choc

8, 9, 13-18 December

Enjoy a yummy hot chocolate & baby hot choc from our tearoom, loaded with marshmallows and fresh cream!
Enjoy a yummy hot chocolate & baby hot choc from our tearoom, loaded with marshmallows and fresh cream!
Enjoy a yummy hot chocolate & baby hot choc from our tearoom, loaded with marshmallows and fresh cream!

The busy Christmas schedule can be hard work! Why not come and relax in the Tallow-House Tearoom along with a tempting hot chocolate, loaded with whipped cream and marshmallows. We are even doing a 'Baby Choc' version for the little ones! Why not pick-up some last minute gifts or enjoy a winter walk too?

Day 10 - Give the Gift of Membership

8, 9, 13-18 December

Give the gift of membership this Christmas for unforgettable experiences
Give the gift of membership this Christmas for unforgettable experiences
Give the gift of membership this Christmas for unforgettable experiences

Still searching for the perfect gift idea? Give the gift of a National Trust Membership this Christmas for unforgettable experiences. Speak to one of our friendly team about Gift Membership options in the Tallow-House Giftshop - 'A gift that keeps giving'

Day 11 - Winter Walks

Enjoy a relaxing family walk this Winter at Castle Coole
Enjoy a relaxing family walk this Winter at Castle Coole
Enjoy a relaxing family walk this Winter at Castle Coole

Escape the hustle and bustle of the busy Christmas period with a relaxing winter walk at Castle Coole. The estate is open daily between 10am and 4pm during the winter period and closed Christmas day. Come along for a quiet stroll to in the fresh air this festive season. Pick-up a hot drink to go from the Tallow-House Tearoom and set off along the Lake Walk or Beach Trail. 

Day 12 - Turn your visit this Winter, into a holiday

Discover a cosy winter hideaway in one of our holiday cottages
Crom holiday cottages on a snowy day
Discover a cosy winter hideaway in one of our holiday cottages

Escape to one of our nearby cosy holiday cottages at Crom this winter and enjoy quality time with your loved ones. Relax in an armchair in front of the fire, play a game, cook up a hearty dinner and go for relaxing winter walks and wildlife spotting. For more information, follow the link at the bottom of the page.

Light and spicy with orange and star anise

Christmas recipes for you to try 

Our delicious festive recipes will go down a storm at your Christmas party or Christmas lunch. From appetisers and sides to mouth-watering puddings, here are nine recipes to inspire you.