Spoil yourself this Christmas

This article was about Christmas at Hinton Ampner in 2017. We’ll be updating this with 2018 information later in the year. Forget the busy high streets and crammed shopping centres, visit Hinton Ampner’s shop this Christmas for a range of unique gifts. We stock a variety of presents and treats, as well as items for the home and garden. There is always a great mix of local products as well as our National Trust favourites.

This festive season brings a new wealth of decorations and Christmas cards to our shop for you to browse.  We have gifts to suit everyone, from sparkling baubles and candles to beautiful scarves, our crockery range and outdoor ornaments inspired by some of our most special places within the National Trust.

Pick up some beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations in our shop at Hinton Ampner
Pick up some beautiful Christmas gifts and decorations in our shop at Hinton Ampner

Shopping for a special gift? Our exclusive National Trust Bohemian range was inspired by the shapes and geometric patterns on the textiles and ceramics found at Monk's House in East Sussex. 

Find a gift from our Bohemian Circles range
Find a gift from our Bohemian Circles range

Loving Local 

Here at Hinton Ampner, we are committed to supporting local businesses as much as we can. This Christmas we have a special treat from Ouse Valley with their Christmas Pudding Marmalade which won a Gold Award at the Dalemain Marmalade Awards. Made from Seville oranges, lemons, brandy soaked fruit and the spices of Christmas it provides a highly original and scrumptious seasonal take on marmalade. To accompany this, we also sell their unusual Three Kings’ Chutney which contains bananas and dates adding natural sweetness and a silky texture.

Pick up some Ouse Valley Christmas Pudding Marmalade and Three Kings' Chutney at Hinton Ampner
Christmas Pudding Marmalade

Another festive favourite is Wrights Original Dark Ginger. For use on practically anything, from pouring over ice cream to a mixer in your whiskey, this delicious syrup can improve any meal whilst claiming the health benefits associated with ginger. 

Winter plants

With the winter weather setting in, plants can often be neglected. Not here at Hinton Ampner though. We continue to stock a variety of shade tolerant plants including the stunning cornus midwinter fire which is often grown for the orange-red and yellow coloured stems which are brightest in winter.

We also have the pretty sarcococca confusa which originated in China and the Himalayas and has small delicate flowers which produce a rich scent.

A robin ornament keeps watch over the plants at Hinton Ampner
Robin ornament at Hinton's plant centre

Second-hand bookshop

That book you’ve always meant to read may be waiting for you in the well-stocked second-hand bookshop by the plant centre. Every penny taken here goes back to helping us with our projects and conservation work.

The second hand bookshop helps raise money for projects
Books on display in a second hand bookshop

Give something back

National Trust Christmas raffle 

When shopping at Hinton Ampner, why not buy a National Trust raffle ticket? It's only £1 per ticket and you could win up to £10,000.  All money raised goes directly back to us to help with vital conservation work. Ask one of the team about the raffle when you next visit.

Gift membership this Christmas

Whether they love exploring historic houses and castles, cycling through the countryside or walking along the coast, National Trust membership is a gift to be enjoyed all year round. The money from your purchase helps us care for all these places, and keeps them special forever, for everyone.  
What they'll get:

•    Free entry to over 500 special places
•    Free parking at most National Trust car parks
•    National Trust handbook, full of ideas to help them plan days out
•    National Trust Magazine three times a year, packed with news and inspiration

Call Hinton Ampner on 01730 825 415 to find out more about our membership and raffle.