Your guide to Christmas at Dinefwr

Snow on the ground outside Newton House

Visitor notice: In line with Welsh Government guidance, all of our places in Wales will temporarily close from Monday 14 December as part of the national effort to bring coronavirus under control.

The safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors and local communities remains our priority. We will continue to follow Welsh Government restrictions and encourage everybody to follow the latest guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you back when we're able to.

Dinefwr at Christmas

The festive period is always a magical time of year. With frost on the ground, a crisp chill in the air and the smell of fresh greenery filling the senses with memories of Christmases past . It is hard not to be swept up in the magic on a winter walk around the wonderful Dinefwr parkland this year. 
 

Bring the family for a winter walk at Dinefwr
Bring the family for a winter walk at Dinefwr
Bring the family for a winter walk at Dinefwr

Dressed to impress

We’re dressing Newton 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 love the creations she's made for us at Dinefwr this Christmas.

Beautiful Christmas tree decorations by Bettina Reeves
Fallow deer christmas decorations hanging on the tree
Beautiful Christmas tree decorations by Bettina Reeves

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.
But don't fret, our team of Rangers will be feeding our herd of approximatly 120 fallow deer on a regular basis throughout the winter months to make sure they are fit and healthy. The best place to catch a glimps of this wonderful sight is in the valley beyond the fountain garden at Newton House during opening times.

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

Winter warmers

What better way to end a winter walk than with a seasonal something to wam the hands and hearts? Our outdoor cafe will be serving up a festive selection of drinks and mince pies for you to enjoy as you take in the parkland views.

Enjoy a selection of fesive drinks at Dinefwr this year
Festive drinks to takeaway
Enjoy a selection of fesive drinks at Dinefwr this year

Post a letter to Father Christmas at Newton House

Did you know that Father Christmas is a big supporter of Dinefwr? He was so dissappointed not to be welcoming all the little boys and girls to the Dinefwr Christmas Fair this year but he did drop off an extra special post box that allows children to send their Christmas lists directly to him at his workshop in Lapland.