Have a 'Wild Christmas' at Gunby

Christmas decorations at Gunby

Join us from 30 November to 15 December for Gunby's annual Christmas openings. This year's theme is a 'Wild Christmas', so you're in for a festive treat, filled with hand-crafted flora and fauna.

Bring your friends and family to get into the Christmas spirit as Gunby celebrates a 'Wild Christmas'.

Dive into the ocean, meet lots of butterflies and bees, a giant peacock, funky fungi and explore the arctic. Have a magical wild Christmas adventure, like no other, with your friends and family.

Most of the decorations have been hand-crafted by Gunby's staff and volunteer team.

The house will be open from 11am to 4pm during our Christmas openings.  

Admission for adult members is £2.50, for adult non-members it's £9.25. (£1 for child members and for non-member children it's £4.75). Entry is free for under 5s.

Parking arrangements

All parking is on grass, which may be soft and wet in rainy weather, so choose your spot carefully. You may want to consider parking in the lay-by at the roundabout next to the entrance and enjoy a short walk to the courtyard on the 500 metre drive. There are some spaces near the entrance for visitors who require blue badge parking.

Penguin trail

Pick up a penguin trail (£1) from the side-door of the house and go penguin spotting this Christmas. Can you find the cute penguins hiding among the decorations and can you sort the penguin facts from the fibs? You can even buy your own penguin to take home with you from the Villa Farm gift stall in the basement.

Pick up a penguin this Christmas
Toy penguins at Gunby
Pick up a penguin this Christmas

Christmas Service at Monksthorpe Chapel, 14 December 2pm

Experience a seasonal service at nearby National Trust property Monksthorpe Chapel. This tranquil place of worship is the perfect location to get you in a Christmas mood. There are no admission charges for the chapel and a warm welcome awaits.

Modest decorations at Christmas time
Christmas decorations at Monksthorpe Chapel
Modest decorations at Christmas time

Carol Service at St Peter's Church, 14 December 3pm

On Saturday 14 December at 3pm join us for a carol service in St Peter's church, just outside the Gunby gardens. Admission is free and people of all faiths and no faith are very welcome.

Gunby's St Peter's Church decorated for Christmas
Gunby's St Peter's Church decorated for Christmas
Gunby's St Peter's Church decorated for Christmas

Now sold out - Christmas Concert 'Rejoice and be Merry', 14 December 7pm

Get into the Christmas mood with 'Rejoice and be Merry', a very special concert  by Kate Witney (soprano) and Robert Foster (lute) in the Music Room on Saturday 14 December at 7pm. Listen to traditional and popular Christmas songs that perfectly capture the seasonal spirit. 

Tickets are £12.50 per person (including a glass of fizz and mince pie in the interval) - ring 01754 890102 or email Astrid.Gatenby@nationaltrust.org.uk to get your tickets.

Enjoy lute music at Gunby's Christmas concert
Gunby's Christmas concert will include lute music
Enjoy lute music at Gunby's Christmas concert

Kate Witney - soprano

Kate Witney is from Louth. She studied at Homerton College, Cambridge and the Royal Northern College of Music. She has performed all over the country, at the Lincoln Early Music, Book and International Chamber Music Festivals, the National Folk Festival and the Tewksbury Festival amongst others, and has performed as soloist in venues such as Southwark Cathedral, Versailles Cathedral and the Bridgewater Hall. She has also sung with the BBC Northern Singers and Opera North.

Robert Foster - lute

Robert Foster is a musician of vast expertise and experience. As a lutenist and guitarist he has performed with the likes of Sir Elton John and Sir Simon Rattle and has appeared both in the West End and at music festivals across the country, including Harrogate, the South Bank, Chichester the Cambridge Early Music festivals and the Ullapool Guitar Festival. Robert is also a prolific and highly respected composer of music for film and television.

We're dreaming of a white Christmas...
Gunby in the snow
We're dreaming of a white Christmas...