Twelve Days of Calke's Christmas

Experience magical Christmas weekends at Calke Abbey, with lights, illuminations and twelve days of Calke's Christmas.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Christmas weekends at Calke are a magical time to make memories with the family. Find inspiration at the Christmas gift and food markets in the Riding School, then explore the grounds to discover twelve festive displays, telling stories from Calke's past. As darkness falls, follow a twinkling trail of lights and illuminations through the Pleasure Grounds to the church, and catch a glimpse of the house lit up in festive lights. Squirt's Stable will be open for Christmas crafts.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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 £26.65 £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

Suitability
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Start your Christmas adventure in the Ticket Office to find out what's on at Calke this festive season.
What to bring and wear
Hats, scarves and gloves may be required for those cold winter days (and evenings!). We recommend warm clothing and sturdy shoes.
Other
The park admission fee in December is £4.20 for adults, £2.10 for children and £10.50 for a family, and allows entry to the park, winter gardens and this event. Free for National Trust members. Interested in becoming a member? Speak to the welcome team when you arrive and we'll be happy to help. Please note that dogs on leads are welcome to this event, but will not be able to go in the house or tunnels.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
15 December 2018 11:00 - 18:00 Available
16 December 2018 11:00 - 18:00 Available
22 December 2018 11:00 - 18:00 Available
23 December 2018 11:00 - 18:00 Available

Contact Info

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

Upcoming events

Christmas Lunch at Calke Abbey

Tue 11 Dec 2018
12:00-14:00
Indulge in a festive three-course Christmas lunch prepared by the talented Calke chefs.

Christmas Country Food and Drink Fair

Sat 15 Dec 2018
10:00-16:00
A Christmas market to remember, with over 30 local food and drink traders all sourced within a 20-mile radius of Calke Abbey.

Father Christmas in his Grotto

Sat 15 Dec 2018
11:00-11:15
Father Christmas is making a special visit to Calke Abbey this Christmas. This event is now fully booked – we apologise for any inconvenience.

Twelve Days of Calke's Christmas

Sat 15 Dec 2018
11:00-18:00
Experience magical Christmas weekends at Calke Abbey, with lights, illuminations and twelve days of Calke's Christmas.

Breakfast with Father Christmas

Thu 20 Dec 2018
09:15-10:15
Enjoy a full English breakfast in the café and see Father Christmas and his elves.

New Year's Day Walk

Tue 01 Jan 2019
11:00-13:00
Blow away the winter cobwebs and fill your lungs with fresh air to kick start the New Year.