Father Christmas in his Grotto

Father Christmas is making a special visit to Calke Abbey this Christmas. Find him in his magical stable grotto, tell him how good you've been this year and he'll give you an early Christmas present.

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

Father Christmas is returning to his magical stable grotto this year! Tell him just how good you've been this year and what special gifts you are hoping to receive on Christmas morning, then Father Christmas will give you an early Christmas present. Tickets must be booked online in advance - click the 'book online' link to book your slot now!

Prices

Event ticket prices
  • Child £5.00
View admission charges
Calke Abbey

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £14.50 £13.50
Child £7.50 £6.95
Family £36.20 £33.70
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £12.25
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.10
Garden, stables and park only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £9.70 £9.10
Child £4.80 £4.50
Family £24.20 £22.80
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £8.25
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.10
Park only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £3.60
Child N/A £1.80
Family N/A £9.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £1.50

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 or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

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: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  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 donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

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 01332 695310
This number is for enquiries only; click the link at the top of the page to book online.
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 - Father Christmas' grotto can get a bit chilly!
Accessibility
There's a small lip on door and the ground may be a little uneven but otherwise accessible.
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: adults £3.80, children £1.90, family £9.50, free for National Trust members.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
1 December 2017 18:00 - 18:15 Sold out
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9 December 2017 11:00 - 11:15 Sold out
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10 December 2017 11:00 - 11:15 Sold out
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15 December 2017 17:00 - 17:15 Available
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16 December 2017 11:00 - 11:15 Sold out
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17 December 2017 11:00 - 11:15 Sold out
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Contact Info

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

Upcoming events

Lantern-making workshop

Sun 26 Nov 2017
11:00-15:00
Be a part of Calke's Christmas preparations and help us make lanterns to light the way for Father Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas...

Fri 01 Dec 2017
17:00-20:00
...Father Christmas and his reindeer come to Calke! Join us for a magical, lantern lit evening in the Stableyards as Calke gets ready for Christmas.

Christmas Crafts in Squirt's Stable

Fri 01 Dec 2017
17:00-20:00
Join the Elves and take part in some Christmas crafts in Squirt's Stable.

Evening Christmas Gift Market

Fri 01 Dec 2017
17:00-20:00
A Christmas gift market offering traditional, vintage and Christmas crafts, alongside contemporary and handmade gifts.

Father Christmas in his Grotto

Fri 01 Dec 2017
18:00-18:15
Father Christmas is making a special visit to Calke Abbey this Christmas. Find him in his magical stable grotto, tell him how good you've been this year and he'll give you an early Christmas present.

Christmas Gift Market

Sat 02 Dec 2017
10:00-16:00
A Christmas Gift Market offering traditional, vintage and Christmas crafts, alongside contemporary and handmade gifts.