2018 Christmas at Charlecote

Child looks at Christmas tree in great hall at Charlecote Park

At the end of the year in which we have looked at the impact of the First World War on the Lucy family and those around them, we are taking 1918 as our inspiration for Christmas too.

Please note:

  • The 2018 booking date for Father Christmas will be announced in September here on the website and social media.
  • We are likely to have an online booking system this year. 
  • We are unable to accept bookings or enquiries about Father Christmas via email.

After the war

Our volunteer research group has looked at family records and local information at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. We have discovered that while every family was touched by the losses of loved ones, there was a determination that Christmas 1918 should be a jolly occasion.

Our 1918 Christmas will commemorate and celebrate the end of the First World War
Christmas at Charlecote Park remembers the First World War
Our 1918 Christmas will commemorate and celebrate the end of the First World War

The three Lucy sons all eventually returned from the First World War, but were undoubtedly scarred by their experiences of the conflict.

Rationing was still in place and the family, their servants, and the local villagers made the best of what they could acquire.

We're getting ready for Christmas - will you be joining us?
Putting up Christmas tree in great hall at Charlecote Park
We're getting ready for Christmas - will you be joining us?

Celebration and commemoration

The house will be open for Christmas from 30 November-3 December, 7-10 December, and 14-24 December. Entry to the house will be by timed ticket, we may operate an advance booking system. (Please note: the handbook says we're closed on Christmas Eve, but the whole property is open.)

Father Christmas will be here at weekends - you can visit him in the little summerhouse or join us for Breakfast with Father Christmas in the Orangery tearoom. (Dates to be announced, prior booking essential).

Our research team has discovered that Christmas 1918 was a jolly affair
Charlecote's research team has discovered that Christmas 1918 was a jolly affair
Our research team has discovered that Christmas 1918 was a jolly affair

Our research discovered that carol singing was hugely important to everyone as part of the Christmas celebrations at this time. If your choir would like to come and sing at Charlecote on any of the December weekend days, do get in touch!

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What’s on your list?

The Servants’ Hall shop has the best of all the National Trust Christmas ranges in stock with gifts and treats for everyone, and tastings too.

We have Christmas decorations and gifts, as well as local pot-grown Christmas trees and festive wreaths for sale in our Plant Centre shop next to the car park (open Thursday-Sunday, 10.00am-3.00pm).

Find locally-grown Christmas trees and wreaths with the garden delights in our Avenue plant centre
Find Christmas trees, wreaths and lots of garden treats at Charlecote Avenue plant centre
Find locally-grown Christmas trees and wreaths with the garden delights in our Avenue plant centre

Bring us some figgy pudding

Our volunteers in the Victorian kitchen will be cooking up lots of festive goodies based on what was available immediately after the end of the Great War. Pop in to warm up by the fire if it's chilly outside.

Please note that we don't have enough volunteers to cook every day though. If your New Year resolution is to try something new, how about joining the team? 

See what we're cooking in the Victorian kitchen today
Volunteers cook for Christmas in Victorian kitchen at Charlecote
See what we're cooking in the Victorian kitchen today

The Orangery tea-room will be preparing hundreds of mince pies and plenty of hot soup – just what you need after a walk round the parkland this winter.

Why not get together with friends, family or colleagues for a Christmas meal in the Orangery? We'll be opening bookings for this popular event in October - look out for our new menu for this year. We'll be posting details on social media and you'll find plenty of information here too.

Join us for a special Christmas lunch of Charlecote venison this year
Charlecote venison Christmas lunch in Orangery
Join us for a special Christmas lunch of Charlecote venison this year

At weekends we'll have mulled wine tastings in the brewhouse and hot spiced apple juice to Mrs Horton's recipe in the Victorian kitchen.

For families

If you haven't booked to see Father Christmas do wave at him in the summerhouse during the festive weekends - he'll be checking his Nice List and he'll look out for everyone!

Father Christmas will be popping in to the summerhouse during December weekends
Father Christmas in summerhouse at Charlecote Park
Father Christmas will be popping in to the summerhouse during December weekends

Children can post a letter to Father Christmas in the gatehouse - please include a legible email address if you’d like a reply!

And afterwards…

We're closed only on 25 December, so don’t forget that the park and gardens are open on Boxing Day – try out those new hats and scarves and walk off Christmas dinner around the parkland with friends and family.

The house will also remain open and decorated for Christmas from 26 to 31 December.

A winter walk is the perfect way to recharge your batteries
Charlecote parkland and river on a frosty day in winter
A winter walk is the perfect way to recharge your batteries