Christmas of make-believe 2019

Enter a world of make-believe at Chirk Castle this Christmas. Follow the footsteps of the six children of Lord and Lady 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 and Lady Howard de Walden at Chirk Castle in the 1920s that was exactly what happened.

This year at Chirk Castle see the beautiful decorations inside the State Rooms themed on the De Walden family pantomimes. Explore the fairy-tale trail gardens, and see how many traditional fairy-tales you can name. Watch the family cinefilm, dress-up and play games.

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 £15.00 £13.50
Child £7.50 £6.75
Family £37.50 £33.75
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £11.50
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.75
Whole property: off-peak
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £7.50 £6.75
Child £3.75 £3.35
Family £18.75 £16.85
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.75
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £2.85

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 2 February to 8 March 2019, and 9 to 24 November 2019 (weekends only), when the main castle 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
Normal admission applies. National Trust members free. Dogs are welcome on the estate, or in the castle courtyard, but cannot enter the castle rooms or the gardens.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
10 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
11 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
12 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
13 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
14 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
15 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
16 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
17 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
18 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
19 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
20 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
21 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
22 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
23 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
24 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
26 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
27 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
28 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
29 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
30 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available

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Contact Info

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

Upcoming events

Nordic Walking (Tues)

Tue 10 Dec 2019
10:00-11:30
Get fit and have fun with weekly volunteer guided Nordic Walking sessions at Chirk Castle.

Christmas of make-believe 2019

Tue 10 Dec 2019
10:00-16:00
Enter a world of make-believe at Chirk Castle this Christmas. Follow the footsteps of the six children of Lord and Lady Howard de Walden in the 1920s as we decorate Chirk Castle as a fantastical castle of theatre and fairytales.

Father Christmas Grotto 2019 (sold out)

Fri 13 Dec 2019
11:00-11:15
SOLD OUT. Visit Father Christmas in his cosy, traditional grotto at Chirk Castle. Bring along your wish list, we hope you've been good!

Running for beginners

Sat 14 Dec 2019
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!

Christmas table centre crafts

Sat 14 Dec 2019
11:00-15:00
Join our garden team to make your own festive table centre.

Storytelling and make-believe

Sat 14 Dec 2019
11:00-16:00
We welcome favourite storyteller Andy Harrop-Smith to Chirk Castle's Christmas of make-believe, for fantastical tales, tremendous tricks and fun for all ages.