A christmas of make-believe

Enter a world of make-believe at Chirk Castle this Christmas. Follow the footsteps of the six children of Lord Howard de Walden in the 1920s as we decorate Chirk Castle as a fantastical castle of theatre and fairytales.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Imagine if you grew up in your very own fantasy castle… for the six children of Lord Howard de Walden at Chirk Castle in the 1920s that was exactly what happened.

John, Bronwen, Elisabeth, Priscilla, Gaenor and little sister Rosemary grew up playing make-believe, putting on Christmas pantomimes, and playing dress-up in a castle full of imaginary dragons and knights, princesses, and stories.

This Christmas escape the high street and join us for a family Christmas... with a twist.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Chirk Castle

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £14.00 £12.60
Child £7.00 £6.30
Family £35.00 £31.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £10.70
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.35
Whole property: off-peak
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £7.00 £6.30
Child £3.50 £3.15
Family £17.50 £15.75
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.35
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £2.67

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...

Please note: we offer reduced, off-peak pricing from 3 February to 9 March 2018, and 10 to 25 November 2018 (weekends only), when the State Rooms are not fully open due to conservation work.

The basics

Suitability
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
What to bring and wear
The castle rooms can be cold during winter, please dress warmly. The trail takes place outside.
Accessibility
Only the Lower East Wing rooms are wheelchair accessible. Please contact us if you need assistance or with any questions.
Other
This year you can have your own make-believe Christmas at Chirk Castle. Dress up and follow the fantasy trail, pose for photos and recreate a scene from the De Walden family album. Watch the family cine-film, explore the beautiful rooms and their pantomime-themed Christmas trees and decorations, inspired by the Howard De Walden family pantomimes, play with traditional toys, and sample family favourite delicacies in the tea-room. On weekends we also have festive storytelling from our favourite local storyteller Andy Harrop-Smith. Normal admission applies. National Trust members free. For Father Christmas grotto bookings please see the separate event page on our website.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
15 December 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
16 December 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
17 December 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
18 December 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
19 December 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
20 December 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
21 December 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
22 December 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
23 December 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Name
Chirk Castle
Email
chirkcastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01691 777701

Upcoming events

Running for beginners

Sat 15 Dec 2018
09:00-11:00
Give your fitness a boost in the beautiful surroundings of the Chirk Castle estate. A great opportunity to get started with running and meet other people, and who knows? You might be taking part in one of our 10km runs before you know it!

A christmas of make-believe

Sat 15 Dec 2018
10:00-16:00
Enter a world of make-believe at Chirk Castle this Christmas. Follow the footsteps of the six children of Lord Howard de Walden in the 1920s as we decorate Chirk Castle as a fantastical castle of theatre and fairytales.

Father Christmas Grotto

Sat 15 Dec 2018
10:15-10:30
SOLD OUT. Visit Father Christmas in his traditional Chirk Castle grotto.

Nordic Walking (Tues)

Tue 18 Dec 2018
10:00-11:30
Get fit and have fun with weekly volunteer guided Nordic Walking sessions at Chirk Castle.

Nordic Walking (Thurs)

Thu 20 Dec 2018
13:00-15:00
Let the outdoors move you with weekly Nordic walking sessions led by the Erddig Nordic Walkers on the Chirk estate.

Trust10 trail run at Chirk Castle

Sun 30 Dec 2018
09:00-11:00
The Trust10 is a monthly 10k trail run that gives you the opportunity to explore Chirk Castle's estate for free.