Christmas at Dyrham Park

Christmas at St Peters Church Dyrham Park

Step into a 17th-century Christmas at Dyrham Park this December, a time where greenery displays, carol singing and pantomime signified a festive Christmas.

We're embracing Dyrham's 17th-century roots as the house offers a glimpse into the christmasses of years gone by before the Victorians put their stamp on things.

Carefully crafted festive foliage will be on display throughout Dyrham Park's house and courtyard, with the scent of orange and spices permeating the air and dried chillis providing pops of colour around the house.

Open daily throughout December (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), Dyrham Park offers a refreshing escape from baubles and tinsel with plenty on offer to stimulate the senses. While weekends can get very busy, you can enjoy a peaceful stroll and visit the house at a leisurely pace during the week. We have guided tours and walks of the park and garden running most days, subject to volunteer numbers.

There will be a poetry trail through the Terraces where visitors can get away from the hustle and bustle and reflect on 17th-century winter verse.

Children's trail & activities

The Lord of Misrule was a mischievous elf-type character who will be hiding in various spots around Dyrham Park this Christmas. Running all through the school holidays until Sun 6 Jan, you can pick up a trail leaflet at reception and challenge yourself to track him down across the site.

We have children's craft activities on certain weekends in December, in the basement of the house.

Festive performances

If you visit the neighbouring St Peter's Church, you can hear some local choirs singing Christmas carols on certain Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes in December - and you can, of course, join in if you wish.

On 27 and 28 Dec we're joined by the bZents theatre company for some pop-up pantomime performances throughout the day in the house, courtyard and garden.

Our brand new costumed storytellers, trained by Gideon Reeling, will be circulating around the house and grounds on various days to share nuggets of festive facts, tales and history of Dyrham in the 17th century. 

A taste of Christmas

A weekend Frost Fayre takes place in the stables on 15 and 16 Dec when you can pick up some Christmas produce and gifts from local crafts people and suppliers.

As well as all of this, you can enjoy hot drinks and sweet treats in the tea-room or a spot of Christmas shopping in our National Trust shop, with edible delights as well as cards and gifts.

Wassail

The festive season will culminate in a noisy celebration of wassailing on Sun 6 Jan, 11am-2pm, when visitors are invited to accompany the live music by bashing pots and pans in a traditional celebration to encourage the pear harvest.

Dyrham Park is open daily from 10am-4pm (last entry at 3pm). The whole site is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.