Christmas at Kedleston

A close up of a decorated Christmas tree a Kedleston

Christmas is just around the corner and we're 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. Once again Father Christmas will be dropping by to meet families in the stables and you can buy your own real Christmas tree to take home and decorate.

New for 2018 - Festive Friday Lates

A new free event for everyone to enjoy. Join us for an evening outdoors to enjoy mulled wine and carols in the stableyard at our new Festive Friday Lates on 30 November and 7 December 2018. Choose your own Christmas tree, write a letter to Father Christmas and do a bit of festive shopping. Dogs on leads very welcome. 

Share a drink with old friends this Christmas
Visitors enjoying a National Trust cafe
Share a drink with old friends this Christmas

Christmas Crafts for all ages

From weaving with willow to lantern making we've got a whole host of craft sessions and workshops to get you in the festive spirit. Some activities require advance booking so please check on the website for more details.

Meeting Father Christmas for breakfast... limited spaces left

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 have presents to give to the children, making for a truly memorable festive family experience. This special event requires advance booking and is always popular so early booking is advised. Find out more.

...Or find him in his Grotto in the stables  - limited spaces left

Father Christmas will be stopping off at Kedleston Stables to meet families this December. 
Your visit includes a gift from Father Christmas and craft activities in the stables. Please note that advance booking is essential as we will be operating a time-slot ticket system and no tickets will be available on the day. Time slots book up very quickly so we advise booking early to avoid disapointment. Dogs are very welcome to meet Father Christmas too and there will be a tasty treat for four-legged visitors. Book online now.


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 visitors.

This Christmas we are inspired by the birds of Kedleston. Decorated Christmas trees adorn the hall this Christmas, with each tree telling the story of a wonderful winged friend. From the red-breasted robin to the two turtle doves, to turkeys, peacocks and owls, discover the beautiful birds of Kedleston and learn how birds have nested deep in our Christmas traditions.

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

Festive Lunch at the restaurant

Available daily from 1 - 23 December (except 11 - 12 December) join us for a Christmas lunch in the former kitchen of Kedleston Hall, an impressive setting for festive starters, mains and hot puddings this season. There is no need to book in advance and you can choose from a range of options when you arrive. Vegetarian options available.

Outdoor 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 the stables. We'll have our BBQ fired up with hot food 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 tasty treat for their efforts.

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

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
A wintery view of the Pleasure Grounds

Thank you - every mince pie, Christmas tree, visit to Father Christmas and gift purchased in the shop at Kedleston, helps to look after Kedleston for future generations to enjoy.