Christmas storytelling at Calke Abbey

Cosy up in the sitting room of the mansion and listen as Father Christmas' elves read you a festive story.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Christmas is nearly here, so come and get comfy in the sitting room of the mansion where you'll meet one of Father Christmas' elves, who'll read you a festive story.

Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day. Pick up a ticket from the Ticket Office when you arrive; sessions take place every hour between 11 and 3pm.

Storytelling sessions are available on the following dates:

Sat 4 and Sun 5 Dec, 11am–3pm

Sat 11 and Sun 12 Dec, 11am–3pm

Sat 18 and Sun 19 Dec, 11am–3pm

Mon 20, Tues 21, Weds 22 and Thurs 23 Dec, 11am–3pm

Sessions are available at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm on the above dates, lasting around 45 minutes.

Prices

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

Prices

Park and Gardens
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £6.50
Child N/A £3.25
Family N/A £16.25
House
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £11.00 £10.00
Child £5.50 £5.00
Family £27.50 £25.00

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...

The admission fee to the Parkland and Gardens applies to all non-members, whether arriving by car, bike or on foot. This supports vital conservation work in the outdoors at Calke Abbey, so that we can protect this special place for everyone, for ever. There is no car parking charge.

Admission to the House is in addition to the Parkland and Gardens, and is available from the Ticket Office.

The basics

Suitability
This event is suitable for children and families.
Meeting point
Collect your ticket from the Ticket Office and meet in the Entrance Hall of the house for your storytelling session.
What to bring and wear
Despite the warm and welcoming atmosphere, it can get chilly at Calke! We recommend wearing suitable winter clothing.
Other
Please don't bring any food or drink into the house, to help us look after the house and collections.

Contact Info

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

Upcoming events

Calke Unlocked: a tour with a twist (age 14+), starting October

Wed 27 Oct 2021
10:00-11:00
Museum tours not for you? Want to have a little fun with history instead? Introducing Calke Unlocked – an irreverent, behind-the-scenes house tour at Calke Abbey. Tours start in October, with more dates available throughout the year.

Discover Calke's Treasures, open from 1 Nov

Sun 28 Nov 2021
10:00-15:30
To celebrate the National Trust's Year of Treasures, come and learn more about Calke Abbey's collection and how we care for them through a brand-new 'Treasures' experience in the riding school.

Christmas Markets in the Riding School

Fri 03 Dec 2021
17:00-20:00
Find festive inspiration at Calke's Christmas Markets, where you'll find plenty of gift ideas alongside heartwarming food and drink.

Breakfast with Father Christmas

Sat 04 Dec 2021
08:45-11:00
Enjoy a full English breakfast in the café and meet Father Christmas and his elves. Due to a technical issue, booking will now open on Mon 25 Oct (previously Mon 18).

Christmas storytelling at Calke Abbey

Sat 04 Dec 2021
11:00-15:00
Cosy up in the sitting room of the mansion and listen as Father Christmas' elves read you a festive story.