Christmas at Croft Castle

Children visiting Father Christmas at Croft Castle and Parkland in Herefordshire

Step back in time and find out how the Kevill-Davies family would have been celebrating the end of the First World War in December 1918.

December 1918. The war was over. A war-torn Britain was still coming to terms with the devastation it had inflicted upon thousands of families across the country. But a Christmas spirit remained and many families began giving and receiving homemade gifts and decorating their homes as a symbol of solidarity and celebration.

This year, we're bringing this post-war spirit to life through the rooms of the castle, with stories of the Kevill-Davies family, who were living at Croft at the time. Share your own Christmas wishes with us, see hand-made decorations and traditional toys, sing along to carols and discover how the family would have been celebrating Christmas just after the end of the war.

Take a seat next to the Christmas tree and discover what presents the children might have received in 1918
The Oak Room at Croft Castle decorated for Christmas
Take a seat next to the Christmas tree and discover what presents the children might have received in 1918

Our Christmas weekends are running from Saturday 17 November to Sunday 16 December. You can find out more here. Don't forget, you can also discover more about women at Croft through the years, take part in our festive trail and have a go at wreath making on 8, 9, 15 and 16 December.

Celebrate traditions old and new this Christmas at Croft
The saloon at Croft Castle decorated for Christmas
Celebrate traditions old and new this Christmas at Croft

This year, we've been commemorating 100 years since the Representation of the People Act by sharing some of the stories of Croft's forgotten women in the castle. We've also been inviting people to stitch their name onto a fabric oakleaf to form part of our commemorative Croft cloth. The finished cloth will be on display in the Dining Room from Saturday 17 November, so don't forget to come back and see if you can spot your name.

See the completed Croft cloth on weekends from Saturday 17 November
Individual fabric oak leaves which have been signed by visitors to Croft Castle in Herefordshire
See the completed Croft cloth on weekends from Saturday 17 November

Then on weekends in December only, Father Christmas will be parking his sleigh and setting up his toy-making workshop in the stables. Families can have a go at festive crafts while they wait to visit Father Christmas for an early gift. Booking for 2018 is now available here.

Meet Mr and Mrs Christmas this December at Croft
Mr and Mrs Christmas walk into the workshop at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
Meet Mr and Mrs Christmas this December at Croft

Don't forget to tuck into a mince pie and a cup of tea in the Carpenters tea-room and pick up a lovely gift in the Stables shop. Our parkland is also open all year round, from dawn to dusk, so pop on your walking boots and bring your four-legged friend for a frosty winter walk this Christmas.

Croft Castle on a frosty winter's morning
Frosty sunrise at Croft Castle and Parkland in Herefordshire
Croft Castle on a frosty winter's morning