Christmas at Kedleston

A close up of a decorated Christmas tree a Kedleston

Christmas is just around the corner and we're really be getting into the Christmas spirit with a whole host of craft activities and workshops. See the hall decorated in all of its festive finery for a traditional Kedleston Christmas.

Visiting Kedleston at Christmas has become a tradition for so many and we're excited for another traditional Christmas in the Hall. There's nothing quite like seeing Kedleston's State Apartment, already a spectacle in itself, with a twinkle of Christmas.

The State Apartment's first Christmas

This will be the first year that the restored State Bed in all its glory will be back where it belongs. The 30 year restoration of the State Apartment finally finished early 2017 so this Christmas is a real milestone for us! you'll be able to see the whole suite topped with festive finery.

Fine restored gilding on the State bed
the beautifully restored tester on Kedleston's State bed

Christmas Crafts

From weaving with willow to experimetning with textiles and applique we've got a whole host of craft sessions and workshops to get you in the festive spirit. All of our workshops are booking up really quickly so do check on our what's on page to check availability. We now have very limited availablity for all of our workshops, many are sold out so please check individual events for more details.

Make unique Christmas gifts at our craft sessions
stockings at Kedleston hall

Meeting Father Christmas for breakfast... - Sorry Sold Out!

We're sorry but this event is now fully booked, Father Christmas is going to have a busy few weeks! Although we did add extra dates these have all also sold out already. Many of our Breakfast with Father Christmas tickets have already sold out even with extra dates added! Join Father Christmas for a traditional cooked English breakfast with tea, coffee or squash in the great kitchen at Kedleston Hall. Father Christmas will be joining you and handing out presents to the children making for a truly memorable festive family experience.

Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto at Kedleston
Father Christmas at Kedleston Hall

...Or find him in his Grotto - Sorry Sold Out!

Again we have added as many extra sessions as Father Christmas can manage, we can't wait to welcome you all to Kedleston. Father Christmas has found the time to stop off at our magical Billiard Room grotto again this year. Your visit includes a gift from Father Christmas and craft activities in Caesar's Hall. Please note that advance booking is essential as we will be operating a time-slot ticket system as per last year and no tickets will be available on the day. Time slots book up very quickly so we advise booking early to avoid disapointment.

A festive feast

To allow our visitors more flexibilty we will not be taking bookings for festive lunches this year. Instead we will have Festive starters, Turkey lunches and Christmas pudding on our main menu in our restaurant. We will also have mulled wine and other wines available to purchase alongside your lunch. Prices will be individual to give the best option for our visitors.

Starters from £4.50, Mains from £8.95, Desserts from £3.50

Christmas pudding
A Christmas pudding

Winter wanders and Festive tours

From wintery walks in the parkland to festive Hall tours we've got all sorts planned to let you stretch your legs before you sit back and relax for Christmas.

Why not take a guided tour of the State Floor, decorated for Christmas, followed by a festive mince pie and a glass of sherry by the fires in Caesar's Hall on one of our Sherry and mince pie tours. Christmas can get very busy in the hall but this tour offers a quieter, more relaxed experience whilst the Hall is closed to the general public.

Who doesn't love a mince pie?
Sherry and mince pies on a tray

Family Fun

Enjoy a seasonal stroll and watch the sun set on the shortest day of the year then finish off at our fire pit for some Christmas carols on our Winter Solstice Lantern Walk. Bring along your own lantern or even go and make one in our drop in craft sessions in Caesar's Hall. We'll have our BBQ fired up with baps available to buy if the weather is kind to us!

Bring along the whole family and get your four legged friends in on the fun in our Santa Paws pooch parade. Last year we had some fantastic entries and we're expecting costumes to be even better this year! We'll then head out on a wintery walk through the parkland, each pooch will recieve a treat for their efforts.

Our 2016 pooch parade winner, the very handsome William
kedleston Christmas Pooch Parade winner

A natural escape

Sometimes it can feel like the festive period just takes over and it's nice to take a step back, get some fresh air and escape it all. We've organised a couple of walks to help you escape the festive bubble and relax in the wintery surroundings of the parkland. Join our head gardener and learn more about the Hall's garden as you view it from the best vantage points around the park. Or join our outdoor team and venture into Kedleston's wilderness to see some of the oldest veteran trees in Derbyshire.

A wintery view of the Pleasure Grounds
Kedleston Hall