Festive days out in Yorkshire
Get into the Christmas spirit and join us for festive fun, events and great days out this season.
Fountains Abbey an Studley Royal
Christmas at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal really does take your breath away. As dusk settles, the ruins of the abbey look simply magical as they're floodlit with coloured light. Wrap up warm, grab a hot drink and wander through the estate to see it all aglow. We'll also have wreath making workshops and a carol service to look forward to. On weekends, Father Christmas will be with us and there'll be live festive music in the abbey Cellarium too - don’t hesitate to join in if you know the tune!
Discover a 1920s family Christmas at Nunnington Hall. On arrival be greeted by a roaring fire and a glass of sherry from our butler. We've decorated the hall as though ready for a family Christmas in the 1920s, with the dining room all ready for dinner and the sitting room boasting a present-laden Christmas tree. We have special events taking place too - former Seahorses singer / songwriter, Chris Helme will be joining us for a concert in December and we'll also be welcoming male voice choir, the Dalesmen Singers. They'll be bringing to life well-known hymns and Christmas carols - snap up your tickets for both evenings now so you don't miss out!
Come for winter indulgence weekends at Goddards where you can settle into a cosy chair in the old dining room, order a hearty lunch and hear the stories about the Terry family at Christmas. We'll have a crackling fire in the dining room and you can see the house decorated with wreaths, candles and greenery. Look out for tasty chocolate treats to enjoy as you wander round the house - including the legendary stocking filler, the Terry's Chocolate Orange.
Nostell Priory and Parkland
Experience nostalgia at Nostell Priory as you step into a vintage Christmas. Wander through the grand state rooms decorated with foliage from the parkland including wreaths of larch and holly. Get inspiration from our displays to make your own winter wreath in our crafty workshops and kids can come and see Father Christmas, who will be visiting from the North Pole - come and find him in his cosy workshop in the stables.
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens
Open every weekend during December, as well as Boxing Day and New Year's Day, Beningbrough offers the perfect escape this Christmas. Not far from York you can come for lunch, do a spot of shopping and visit Father Christmas before enjoying a winter walk around the gardens or parkland. Get into the Christmas spirit by hand weaving a rustic wreath from scratch in our workshop whilst kids can get craftive too by joining our festive family artrageous fun.
We're pretty sure that you'll find nowhere else in York to enjoy Christmas pudding scone, than the Below Stairs Cafe at Treasurer's House. Book for Christmas lunch in the cafe and finish off your meal with this specially prepared seasonal treat, served with brandy butter we guarantee it'll melt in your mouth. It's also your last chance to see the wonderful Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives display celebrating one of the most iconic actresses of the 20th century.
East Riddlesden Hall
Shop for Christmas gifts at our annual Christmas Fair on the first weekend in December at East Riddlesden Hall. There'll be a great range of hand crafted gifts and food on offer. Book your kids in to join Storytimes with Father Christmas so they cna hear tales of his magical adventures and play party games.
You can have a creative build up to Christmas at Brimham Rocks this year. What could be more pefect at lunch on Christmas Day, than sitting down to the table with your own hand-made crackers as a showpiece. Come and make your own in our Christmas cracker workshops. Once the school holidays start, kids can follow our Christmas cracker trail to find Father christmas in his winter wonderland - book your child's place now.