12 Days of Christmas

Pick up a map from the visitor welcome centre and head out on a winter walk through the frost-kissed garden. Discover 12 displays celebrating the Georgian tradition of the Twelfth Night with a final flourish at The Temple of Concord and Victory.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Explore 11 locations across the garden with displays of wreaths, kissing boughs and foliage designs reflecting different aspects of Christmas traditions. The twelfth and finale of all the displays will be at The Temple of Concord and Victory where the huge interior will be filled by a decorated feasting table, with lights, drama and the Twelfth Night king and queen. Along the way you'll need to find ingredient clues for a Twelfth Night cake to note down on your map and take home a recipe card.

Prices

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

Prices

Joint NT Stowe and House
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £19.60
National Trust Members N/A £5.50
National Trust Stowe
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £13.90 £12.60
Child £6.95 £6.30
Family £34.75 £31.50
1 Adult, 3 Children £20.85 £18.90
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £11.70
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.85

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...

Stowe House is managed and operated by Stowe House Preservation Trust. For more information call +44 (0)1280 818166. Admission charges apply to National Trust members, payable at National Trust reception.

Child tickets: under 17s, under 5s go free.

HHA members and Stowe House annual pass members: free.

 

The basics

Suitability
This is a family friendly event, children welcome.
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Pick up your map from the New Inn visitor centre before heading into the gardens to find the 12 displays.
What to bring and wear
Wear warm and comfy clothing for a winter's day out.
Accessibility
The gardens have steep slopes, gravel paths and mixed terrain. The New Inn is fully accessible. Please call us to discuss your requirements.
Other
Supported by artist duo Mossy Crow, we’ve asked local community partners to think of festive traditions close to their hearts to inspire their individual creations.  Strike a pose by standing in the costume of the king and queen with your head emerged through the collar for a photo and share it with us on social media #StoweChristmas. The artist duo of Mossy Crow have worked to bring this event to life with their love of of natural resources to inspire their creations. Local community groups have been guided by the artists to support each display. Please note that we're closed on 24 and 25 December 2019.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
6 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
7 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
8 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
9 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
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
25 December 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available

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Contact Info

Name
National Trust at Stowe
Email
stowe@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01280 817 156

Upcoming events

Family explorers: Winter wanders

Fri 06 Dec 2019
10:00-16:00
Challenge your little explorers with our free guide for wild winter wanders and make the most of the sleeping gardens to discover temples, trees and tracks otherwise unseen in the leafy summer months.

12 Days of Christmas

Fri 06 Dec 2019
10:00-16:00
Pick up a map from the visitor welcome centre and head out on a winter walk through the frost-kissed garden. Discover 12 displays celebrating the Georgian tradition of the Twelfth Night with a final flourish at The Temple of Concord and Victory.

Christmas shopping in the Parlour Rooms

Fri 06 Dec 2019
10:00-16:00
Throughout the season you'll find a select group of stallholders in our atmospheric Parlour Rooms selling homemade and traditional products.

Crafty Conversations Workshop: Book Folding

Fri 06 Dec 2019
12:30-14:30
Join in the conversation with our friendly team for a two-hour practical workshop. Learn a new skill, relax with a cuppa and enjoy the company.

Carols in the courtyard

Sat 07 Dec 2019
10:45-12:45
Throughout the festive season, enjoy yuletide cheer in the New Inn courtyard listening to traditional carols and music performed by local musicians whilst you sip on a winter warming drink.

Photography walks

Thu 12 Dec 2019
14:00-15:30
Join Michael and Diana from our partners at Active Bucks for a scenic weekly walk around the garden stopping off on route for the opportunity to take photos.