Father Christmas in his Grotto (Saturdays - SOLD OUT)

Father Christmas is making a special visit to Calke Abbey this December. Saturday tickets are now SOLD OUT.

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

Father Christmas is returning to his magical stable grotto this December to visit all good boys and girls. Come along to say hello – if you've been good this year, he might have an early Christmas present for you! Unfortunately this event is now fully booked, and there will be no tickets available on the day. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Prices

Event ticket prices
  • All £6.00
View admission charges
Calke Abbey

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £16.50 £15.00
Child £8.25 £7.50
Family £41.25 £37.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £14.25
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £7.10
Garden, stables and park only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £10.70 £9.70
Child £5.35 £4.85
Family £26.70 £24.25
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £9.20
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.60
Park only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £4.20
Child N/A £2.10
Family N/A £10.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £2.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Park and stables admission charges apply to all non-members and are paid at the vehicle entry point which is one mile from the main gate. Tickets for the house and garden or garden only are purchased from the Ticket Office by the main car park one and half miles further on.

 

The basics

Booking details
Call Online booking only
When booking, choose a time slot and purchase one ticket per child.
Suitability
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Father Christmas will be in his magical grotto in the Stableyards, follow the signs to find him.
What to bring and wear
Hats, scarves and gloves are recommended - Santa's grotto can get a bit chilly!
Accessibility
There's a small lip on door to the stable, and the ground outside may be a little uneven. On 7 Dec, Santa's signing elves will be in the grotto, please call for more info – they're still learning!
Other
When booking, choose a time slot and select one ticket per child. We can accommodate up to 3 accompanying adults in the grotto. Please note that a park admission charge applies on arrival. Some of Father Christmas' elves are learning sign language, and they'll be in the grotto on Sat 7 Dec – please give us a call if you'd like more information about our signing elves. For up-to-date availability, please click 'book online' to see available dates. This page is regularly updated but may not reflect current availability.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
30 November 2019 11:00 - 11:15 Sold out
11:15 - 11:30 Sold out
11:30 - 11:45 Sold out
11:45 - 12:00 Sold out
12:00 - 12:15 Sold out
12:15 - 12:30 Sold out
12:30 - 12:45 Sold out
12:45 - 13:00 Sold out
13:00 - 13:15 Sold out
13:15 - 13:30 Sold out
13:30 - 13:45 Sold out
13:45 - 14:00 Sold out
14:00 - 14:15 Sold out
14:15 - 14:30 Sold out
15:00 - 15:15 Sold out
15:15 - 15:30 Sold out
15:30 - 15:45 Sold out
15:45 - 16:00 Sold out
16:00 - 16:15 Sold out
16:15 - 16:30 Sold out
16:30 - 16:45 Sold out
16:45 - 17:00 Sold out
17:00 - 17:15 Sold out
17:15 - 17:30 Sold out
17:30 - 17:45 Sold out
17:45 - 18:00 Sold out
7 December 2019 11:00 - 11:15 Sold out
11:15 - 11:30 Sold out
11:30 - 11:45 Sold out
11:45 - 12:00 Sold out
12:00 - 12:15 Sold out
12:15 - 12:30 Sold out
12:30 - 12:45 Sold out
12:45 - 13:00 Sold out
13:00 - 13:15 Sold out
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13:45 - 14:00 Sold out
14:00 - 14:15 Sold out
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15:30 - 15:45 Sold out
15:45 - 16:00 Sold out
16:00 - 16:15 Sold out
16:15 - 16:30 Sold out
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16:45 - 17:00 Sold out
17:00 - 17:15 Sold out
17:15 - 17:30 Sold out
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17:45 - 18:00 Sold out
14 December 2019 11:00 - 11:15 Sold out
11:15 - 11:30 Sold out
11:30 - 11:45 Sold out
11:45 - 12:00 Sold out
12:00 - 12:15 Sold out
12:15 - 12:30 Sold out
12:30 - 12:45 Sold out
12:45 - 13:00 Sold out
13:00 - 13:15 Sold out
13:15 - 13:30 Sold out
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13:45 - 14:00 Sold out
14:00 - 14:15 Sold out
14:15 - 14:30 Sold out
15:00 - 15:15 Sold out
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15:30 - 15:45 Sold out
15:45 - 16:00 Sold out
16:00 - 16:15 Sold out
16:15 - 16:30 Sold out
16:30 - 16:45 Sold out
16:45 - 17:00 Sold out
17:00 - 17:15 Sold out
17:15 - 17:30 Sold out
17:30 - 17:45 Sold out
17:45 - 18:00 Sold out
21 December 2019 11:00 - 11:15 Sold out
11:15 - 11:30 Sold out
11:30 - 11:45 Sold out
11:45 - 12:00 Sold out
12:00 - 12:15 Sold out
12:15 - 12:30 Sold out
12:30 - 12:45 Sold out
12:45 - 13:00 Sold out
13:00 - 13:15 Sold out
13:15 - 13:30 Sold out
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13:45 - 14:00 Sold out
14:00 - 14:15 Sold out
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17:00 - 17:15 Sold out
17:15 - 17:30 Sold out
17:30 - 17:45 Sold out
17:45 - 18:00 Sold out

Contact Info

Name
Property office
Email
calkeabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01332 863822

Upcoming events

Calke Unlocked: Hidden House (age 14+)

Tue 19 Nov 2019
11:00-12:30
Museum tours not for you? Want to have a little fun with history instead? Introducing Calke Unlocked – a new kind of tour at Calke Abbey. Play games, take photos, and see the house in a whole new light.

Calke Unlocked: Secret Stables (age 14+)

Tue 19 Nov 2019
14:00-15:30
Museum tours not for you? Want to have a little fun with history instead? Introducing Calke Unlocked – a new kind of tour at Calke Abbey. This high-energy tour takes you where no visitor has gone before, to look for hidden history inside the stables.

#ThanksToYou

Sat 23 Nov 2019
10:00-16:00
To say thank you to National Lottery players, we're offering free entry to Calke's park and gardens between Sat 23 and Fri 29 Nov 2019.

Capture Calke on Camera

Sat 23 Nov 2019
10:30-12:30
Bring your camera to Calke and have some fun with the photography team on this creative walk in the park.

Kids with Cameras

Sat 23 Nov 2019
13:30-14:30
Bring your camera to Calke and have some fun with the photography team on this creative walk in the park.

On the First Day of Christmas...

Fri 29 Nov 2019
17:00-20:00
...Father Christmas and his reindeer come to Calke! Join us for a magical, lantern-lit evening as Calke gets ready for Christmas with lights, illuminations and festive fairs.