Take a trip to Hardwick this Christmas

Children looking up at Christmas tree lights

From 24 November to 23 December, you will find plenty of Christmas cheer at Hardwick. Spot the snowmen as you arrive, snap a family photo in our sleigh, see the house sparkle and discover a few surprises along the way. The Stables shop has gifts for all the family and in the Great Barn restaurant indulge in a festive treat.

Spot the snowmen

As you wind your way up the drive to Hardwick, look out for our special snowmen dressed in their finery. How many can you spot?

All lit up

Step into the Hall (Wedneday to Sunday) amidst an abundance of lights and magical scenes not to forget. 

As you walk through the entrance hall, two 16ft sparkling Christmas trees welcome you. Lights of all kinds will keep the Hall aglow as you make your way up the stairs and through the rooms opened up especially for Christmas. The theme of advent and the anticipation of Christmas follows throughout and young visitors can pick up an advent trail to take around with them. 

The magnificent 16ft Christmas trees welcome you into the Hall, all lit up for the season
A 16ft decorated  Christmas tree in the main entrance hall at Hardwick
The magnificent 16ft Christmas trees welcome you into the Hall, all lit up for the season

In the Dining Room and Drawing Room we've some very special surprises waiting for you which are sure to leave you with a warm glow and in awe of our dedicated team of volunteers and staff.

All handmade by volunteers, a village made of paper houses can be found in the Dining Room around the pièce de résistance in the centre
Paper houses form a Christmas scene at Hardwick
All handmade by volunteers, a village made of paper houses can be found in the Dining Room around the pièce de résistance in the centre

Get Christmas crafty

Below stairs in the serving room craft activities will be available for children to join in with every weekend,11.30am - 3pm. Suitable for all ages, the first four weekends will be making Christmas decorations using upcycled materials, and on the last weekend there will be reindeer headbands. There's a small donation of 50p per item suggested.

Create something special to take home for Christmas
Lady and child making Christmas crafts
Create something special to take home for Christmas

The festive feel continues outside

Outside, the path along the West Court is adorned with specially made willow sculptures each for you to peep inside to discover a Christmas surprise. The teardrop sculptures, made by local willow artist Emma Parkins, have been modelled on one of the motifs carved around the windows of the Hall. See if you can spot the inspiration. 

The colonnades on the outside of the Hall are dressed with magnificent garlands made with holly and ivy from the gardens and painstakingly created by staff and volunteers.

Willow sculptures titled 'Earth Pods' by artist Emma Parkins line the path and garlands made by the Hardwick team, using greenery from the estate, adorn the colonnades
A willow sculpture by Emma Parkins and garlands of greenery from Hardwick
Willow sculptures titled 'Earth Pods' by artist Emma Parkins line the path and garlands made by the Hardwick team, using greenery from the estate, adorn the colonnades

Photo time

Out on the lawn of the South Terrace will be our sleigh pulled by willow reindeer. Hop in for a festive photo.

Come and have photo with our willow reindeer and sleigh
Child and mother with a willow reindeer
Come and have photo with our willow reindeer and sleigh

The theme of advent continues out into the park where a trail of discs are hidden amongst the trees along Lady Spencer's Walk, revealing how we look after the park.

This year we have created an outdoors undercover eating area where the plants sales shop is normally to be found. You can enjoy a snack and a drink from the kiosk away from the elements. Dogs are welcome. 

Trees and gifts

In the Stableyard you can buy your Christmas tree from the cartshed. We have a range of types, shapes and sizes available and by purchasing your tree from us you will be helping to look after Hardwick. 

The shop has all sorts of things to choose from that make for some lovely gifts with a selection for foodies, gardeners, outdoors lovers, home birds, fashionistas and more. There is also a great range of decorations and Christmas cards. Even better, buying your gifts and tree from Hardwick means you are helping to look after this special place. 

Visit the shop in the old stables to pick up gifts of all kinds. By buying here you're helping us to look after Hardwick
Christmas products for sale in the Shop at Hardwick, Derbyshire
Visit the shop in the old stables to pick up gifts of all kinds. By buying here you're helping us to look after Hardwick

Don't forget that membership also makes a brilliant gift - one that lasts all year. Speak to our friendly team in the Visitor Reception for more information. 

To put the final sparkle to your visit, head to the Great Barn restaurant for a festive treat or seasonal bite including mince pies and mulled wine. 


Escape to the quiet

If you are looking for a break from the busyness that this time of year brings, stretch your legs in the park, open everyday except Christmas day. 

Wrap up and head out into the park at Hardwick for fresh air, wintery landscapes away from it all
Lady with little girl on her shoulders enjoying a winter walk
Wrap up and head out into the park at Hardwick for fresh air, wintery landscapes away from it all

Finally, all the team at Hardwick wish you a Merry Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you.