Christmas at Croft Castle
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.
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.
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. Please be aware that Father Christmas's workshop is now fully booked. We're sorry for any disappointment this may cause.
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.
Please be aware that our mini-castle play area is currently closed while we carry out much-needed repair works. The play area is now 10 years old and is starting to show its age. Urgent maintenance work is taking place over the winter, in readiness for the start of 2019, and we're excited to share another 10 years of mini-castle adventures with you. We're ever so sorry for any disappointment this may cause. The natural play area is open as normal, just a short walk into the parkland. Thank you for your patience and understanding while these repair works take place.