Christmas food events full of festive flavour

 A little girl decorating the Christmas cake in the kitchen as part of the Christmas activities

Get ready for the festive season with our Christmas food events. You can make Christmas pudding with our chefs, dine with Father Christmas or go on a 'Mince Pie March.'

By getting involved in our food events you’ll not only enjoy a day out full of the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional Christmas, you’ll also be helping us look after special places so they can be enjoyed for many festive seasons to come. 

We’ve selected some of our favourite events. To find an event near you click on the event link at the bottom of the page.  

Living History re-enactors weighing ingredients in the Finishing Kitchen

1930s Christmas pudding day at Ickworth, Suffolk 

Wednesday 2 November

Go back to the 1930s and make a Christmas pudding using traditional equipment and methods. Our living history cooks will give you an opportunity to experience life as a cook of that era and our expert guides will give you a tour of the basement.

A Christmas pudding

Stir-up Sunday at Kingston Lacy, Dorset  

Sunday 20 November

Visit Kingston Lacy this festive season and discover traditional Christmas pudding making. Stir the mixture, make a wish and then take home your very own mini pudding.

Standen's kitchen

Stir-up Sunday at Standen House and Garden, West Sussex 

Sunday 20 November

Join our volunteers in making the traditional Beale family Christmas pudding. Stir the pudding mix and remember to make a wish!

Cooking venison stew

Venison Christmas cookery school at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire 

Thursday 3 November

Watch the talented chefs in action with a lively demonstration and Q&A, followed by a two-course lunch with wine and cheese tasting.

River Wey Winter walk

Mince Pie March, River Wey, Surrey 

Saturday 10 December

Take a crisp winter walk along the Wey barges and past Coxes Mill before warming up with a mince pie and mulled wine at White Hart.

Visitors with a Christmas tree and Father Christmas

Supper with Father Christmas at Belton House, Lincolnshire 

Friday 16 December

Father Christmas will be visiting Belton House this year for a festive feast and present giving.

Vendor selling drinks at the Christmas food fair at Cotehele, Cornwall

Christmas food fair at Cotehele, Cornwall  

Saturday 19-20 November

Get ahead and start your festive food shopping early this year at Cotehele’s Christmas fair. Pick up seasonal foods including meat, seafood, cheese and puddings.