Christmas at Dyrham Park
Fancy a break from the hustle and bustle of the modern Christmas experience? Why not take some time out with us to encounter some 17th-century winter traditions?
Dyrham Park's Christmas experience will provide a step away from the tinsel, baubles and trees of today.
By coming here you can find about some of traditions enjoyed back in the 17th century as well as giving you a chance to stretch your legs, take stock and reconnect with nature.
There will be church choirs at weekends, outdoor children's trails, a poetry trail and subtle, scented decorations crafted from plants and dried flowers from around the park and garden.
Visitor Experience Manager Ann Fiddler explained: 'We know that Christmas and the run up to it can be a manic time and at Dyrham this year we're offering visitors the chance to do something a bit different. You can forget tinsel, baubles and Father Christmas but we can offer a selection of trails and some interesting crafts as well as some choirs and a bit of shopping of course!'
Though some of the house is currently closed due to conservation work, a lovely selection of rooms will stay open decorated with carefully crafted festive foliage with the scent of orange and spices, cinnamon, pine cones and lavender. Dried flowers including hydrangea and statice will bring natural colour to the decorations.
On selected weekends in December choirs will sing festive carols in St Peter's Church which adjoins the property.
In the garden and parkland you can witness winter beauty through the outlines of the trees. Feel free to wander at your own pace or join a guided tour of the park and garden, running on certain days subject to volunteers.
There will be an outdoor children's trail running from Sat 30 Nov to Sun 5 Jan as well as the chance to see tree branches in the garden's nut walk decorated with brightly coloured ribbons. The trail will focus on finding clues about the Christmas wedding of William and Mary Blathwayt.
Two trails aimed at adults have also been created. Our poetry trail runs through the quiet terraces area offering an opportunity to reflect on 17th-century seasonal verse in a peaceful setting.
The popular mindfulness trail will also be back for the winter which takes you around the park and garden suggesting places and areas to stop, think and really focus on you, your feelings and your connections with nature at that moment.
Volunteers dressed as 17th-century servants will be around the site on selected dates in December and early January to talk to visitors about the work they have to do to get ready for Christmas in the late 1600s.
Like to get involved?
For children each weekend in December starting 7 and 8 there will be Christmas crafts focusing on nature and traditional 17th-century decorations. You could try your hand at creating a scented pomander bags, some 17th-century dried orange decorations or even a bird feeder to provide our feathered friends some food over this cold season.
The seasonal sale is now on in our National Trust shop which is well stocked with cards, presents, hampers, food and drink and plenty of gift ideas in a lovely stress-free setting away from the busy high street or the screen.
Dyrham Park is open daily from 10am-4pm (last entry at 3pm). The whole site is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.