A Gardener's Christmas at Hughenden

Christmas 2021 Taking inspiration from the place and its produce, the people and their stories, we’re celebrating the nature, beauty and history of the gardens at Hughenden this Christmas, from their creation in the 1860s by Mary Anne Disraeli, to the present day care and work of the National Trust garden team.

Every day bar Christmas Eve and Christmas Day until Monday 3 Jan. 10am-4pm, last entry 3.30pm. House 11am-3pm, last entry 2.15pm. Free event, normal admissions apply. Numbers in the house are limited for safety, places available on a first come, first served basis on the day only.

Wheelbarrows and wellies 

Today’s garden team of staff and volunteers are celebrated through their tools and produce, and their focus on gardening for nature is picked up in the natural materials used throughout the design. In the true spirit of Disraeli, there are a few unusual interpretations and some fun, quirky elements dotted throughout to reflect his wit and humour.

A gardener's wellies inspired Christmas bauble
Gardener's wellies in a Christmas bauble
A gardener's wellies inspired Christmas bauble

The stableyard has a 15 foot conifer tree decorated with sparkling fairy lights and handmade decorations featuring garden icons in miniature, from spades and trowels, to wheelbarrows and wellies. A delightful backdrop for visitors to sit and enjoy a festive treat from the café or pick up a special gift or two in the shop.

Stop by the stableyard shop for Christmas gifts and decorations
Hughenden shop at Christmas
Stop by the stableyard shop for Christmas gifts and decorations

Vibrant colour

Through the manor, six ground floor rooms are dressed for the theme with real trees and decorations that tell a different aspect of the tale in each. Mary Anne’s love of bright colours  is reflected in the choice of vibrant reds, iridescent blue and gold decorations.Taking inspiration from Disraeli’s passion for trees and books, in the library the tree is covered in wooden baubles hand carved by volunteers using wood from the Hughenden estate. Miniature statues and busts, echoing the statuary in the Italianate garden, decorate the drawing room tree.

A Gardener's Christmas: decorations inspired by the Italianate gardens
Miniature statuary baubles on the Christmas tree
A Gardener's Christmas: decorations inspired by the Italianate gardens

The garden hall with its beautiful views of the formal gardens features the showpiece of the Christmas theme; an homage to Disraeli’s beloved peacocks who roamed the estate. The Victorian statesman famously declared ‘You cannot have a terrace without peacocks’ and the inside/out display here shines in the rich colours of peacock feathers. Glass baubles in lustrous blues, vibrant greens and deep purple, and handstitched felt and sequin peacock 'feathers', decorate the tree inside. 

Through the French doors, on the terrace outside, two fir trees are resplendent with handmade peacock eye decorations and mirrored in the winter bedding designs with polyanthus in dark blues and deep violet.

Our very grateful thanks to the staff and volunteers who have helped to create this year's Christmas at Hughenden.

Winter wander trail

This winter treat your little ones to the magic of an activity adventure trail at Hughenden.

Step into Percy’s wellies for the day while he’s busy and take on winter tasks, activities and games. There’ll be clues along the way to find and help from his animal friends.

Pick up your trail sheet from visitor reception when you arrive. £2 per child, plus normal admission. Suitable for children aged 3-8 years. Trail runs from Sat 4 Dec - Mon 3 Jan from 10am-3.30pm.

Take part in Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail
Percy the Park Keeper
Take part in Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail