Your guide to Christmas at Dinefwr

Santa discusses Christmas with little girl

The festive period is always a magical time of year. With frost on the ground, a crisp chill in the air and sparkling lights dancing in the dark skies. It is hard not to be swept up in the magic and here at Dinefwr we try to give our visitors a little of that magic.

We’d love to share Dinefwr with you this Christmas

Dressed to impress

We’re dressing the house to welcome you to a plastic-free Christmas at Dinefwr this year. Our Creatures of Dinefwr Christmas tree will take pride of place in the front hall of Newton House whilst artistic decorations and greenery from the Dinefwr estate provide a feast for the senses at every turn.
To bring Creatures of Dinefwr to life, we are working with the supremely talented Bettina Reeves. Bettina is a trained theatre designer and costume lecturer from Cardiff and is best known for her creations at the Abergavenny Food Festival. She loves to combine her love of textiles, puppetry and sculptural elements in her work and we can’t wait to see what she brings to Dinefwr.

Christmas Print Show

Over at the Black Raven Gallery, situated in the Inner Courtyard, will be our much-anticipated Christmas Print Show. We are delighted to be showing the works of 6 print artists from Wales, each exhibiting their work with the theme of Creatures of Dinefwr woven through each piece.
The Exhibition will be available to view at the Dinefwr Christmas Fair (22-24 November) with the official launch on Saturday, 30 November, 2019.

An extract of a print by Lucy Donald

Winter deer feed

One of our most recognisable Creatures of Dinefwr is our herd of Fallow Deer.
The winter months can be harsh on these majestic animals as they battle the elements and struggle to find nourishment in the ancient wood pasture of the deer park.
Every Saturday at 12 noon, you can watch as our Ranger team feed the entire herd of approximately 120 Fallow Deer in the valley beyond the fountain garden at Newton House.

The Dinefwr Rangers feed the Fallow Deer during the winter months
Ranger feeding the fallow deer at Dinefwr
The Dinefwr Rangers feed the Fallow Deer during the winter months

Mari Lwyd procession 6 December from 6pm

We’re embracing this old Welsh custom by donning a ribbon clad horse skull, singing songs and drinking beer. If that sounds like your ideal Friday night, join us at Newton House as we toast the Mari Lwyd before processing on to the taverns and hostelries of Llandeilo.

Meet Father Christmas on Santa Sunday

Meet the big man himself as he travels all the way from the North Pole to his magical grotto inside Newton House. Every child gets a gift and photo with Father Christmas. Booking is essential 01558 824512

Father Christmas loves to visit Dinefwr
Santa discusses Christmas with little girl
Father Christmas loves to visit Dinefwr

Community Carols

Join us for a good ol’ fashioned sing-song around the piano at Newton House. On the 18 December we’ll be opening our doors for free for the whole community to join us for a chorus of Christmas Carols.

Boxing Day Ranger Walk

After gorging on roast dinners and mince pies you’re probably feeling like you need to blow away the cobwebs. Join our Ranger in the beautiful Dinefwr parkland and work off those extra calories in the most delightful way.

Christmas Ghost Stories

Christmas is a time for storytelling and Newton House has many a tale to tell. These ghostly legends will give you goosebumps but the roaring log fire will help stop you from shivering with fright. 

 A warm welcome always awaits you at the Billiard Room Café.

Warm up after a nice walk with a hot cuppa and a roaring fire
Tea and scones in from of roaring fire
Warm up after a nice walk with a hot cuppa and a roaring fire