Celebrate Stir Up Sunday with the National Trust

A Christmas pudding

We love Christmas traditions. They’re a wonderful way to connect not only with our loved ones as well as people we meet but also with our cultural heritage.

Shared experiences bring people together, and what better way to kick off the festive season than by joining our Stir Up Sunday events.
Hands on baking
Children mixing crumble mix
Hands on baking


We’re sure many of you have fond memories of being in the kitchen with Mum and gathering the currants, sultanas, cinnamon, sherry and other delights together and stirring them all up in a huge bowl. Perhaps you even mixed some coins in, and hoped to find one on Christmas Day.
Sadly it’s a tradition that many of the younger generations haven’t experienced fully and we want to bring it back, so we’re having a string of events at our properties to celebrate this Christmas tradition which dates back to Victorian times.
But we’re also taking the fun online and letting everyone get involved.
With our speical ingredients you'll want to make your own pudding this year.
Cook mixing ingredient a bowl for a Christmas pudding
With our speical ingredients you'll want to make your own pudding this year.


Join in the Stir Up Sunday fun

We want you to join in on our Stir Up Sunday celebrations.
Follow the hashtags #NTstirupsunday and #christmastraditions for tips and advice, and let us know your own special recipes and family Christmas traditions too.
Join in Kingston Lacy's Stir Up Sunday event. 

6 recipes ideas from Stir Up Sunday live last year

1. Ruth Clemens (aka The Pink Whisk and runner up on Great British Bake Off), @thepinkwhisk, Grandma's Christmas pudding recipe
2. Lynn Hill (founder of Clandestine Cake Club), @clandestinecake, Amaretto Christmas Cake recipe
3. Renshaw Baking, @renshawbaking, and their Christmas chocolate cake recipe
4. Linzi Barrow, @LancashireFood, quick and easy mincemeat Christmas cake recipe
5. Blue Kitchen Bakes, @BlueKitchenBake, and her Christmas cake recipe
6. Old Fashioned Susie, @OldFashionedSus, and her free from Christmas cake.