Winter festivities at Kedleston Hall

winter berries in Kedleston Pleasure Grounds

The nights are drawing in and the frost is sparkling on the ground - connect with nature and each other at Kedleston this Christmas.

This December, get in the mood for Christmas and partake in some festive fun at Kedleston. Join us for an outdoor adventure with Percy the Park Keeper on a trail around the parkland, cosy comfort food and enjoy Christmas decorations in the Hall.

Planning your Christmas visit to Kedleston this December

It's free to visit for under 5s and National Trust members. For non-members please visit the prices section of our website. 

Please check the Opening Times for Kedleston Hall over the winter before your visit.

  • The restaurant is open 10am to 3.30pm. 
  • The shop is open Thursday to Monday, 10am to 3.30pm. 
  • The hall is open Friday to Monday, 11am to 3pm with last entry at 2.30pm.
A sprinkling of winter magic
a snowy vista over the parkland
A sprinkling of winter magic

Christmas in the Hall

In the Hall we invite you to join us and celebrate Christmas with some classic festive sparkle on the State Floor. Lady Mary Curzon’s Peacock dress will also be on display in Caesars' Hall for a final season of viewing this year. This exquisitely handcrafted dress, which is is over 120 years old, will then be removed from show for a well-earned rest, laying down for the first time in over 20 years and providing an opportunity to carry out some vital conservation work. 

Our Christmas celebrations will run throughout the festive period until 20 December when the house will close for winter conservation. Please be aware the house is open Friday to Monday from 11am to 3pm (last entry to the house is 2.30pm).

A traditional Kedleston Christmas
A close up of a decorated Christmas tree a Kedleston
A traditional Kedleston Christmas

Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander Trail

This winter, bring along the family and treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Kedleston. The magic of Nick Butterworth’s children’s stories is brought vividly to life in the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander Trail.

The winter trail will run outside and is focused on you becoming Percy’s helper for the day, helped by his animal friends, and stepping into his ‘wellies’ while he is busy on site! As Percy’s helper there will be winter tasks, activities, and games to complete, along with clues and a note from Percy to help you. A prize will be awarded at the end for all your hard work helping out Percy.

The trail costs £2 (please note normal admission prices apply) and can be purchased from our visitor welcome building whilst stocks last. The trail runs from 4 December to 3 January and is around 1.7 miles (Kedleston's Short Walk). Allow at least 1 hour to complete the trail with children. Please refer to the updated access statement available on the website for full details of access around the site.

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

Winter walks

Wrap up warm, blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a seasonal stroll in the Kedleston parkland.

Please be aware the site is particularly muddy as we head into the winter season so we recommend you dress appropriately with sturdy footwear for your visit. 

Enjoy some great winter views on one the walks at Kedleston
Family enjoying a winter walk
Enjoy some great winter views on one the walks at Kedleston

Christmas shopping

The shop at Kedleston has a range of festive gifts with a selection for explorers, gardeners and gourmets. You'll also find cards, stamps, gift vouchers and tree decorations to help you get ready for Christmas. Why not treat yourself to a comforting throw or scented candle? Buying your gifts from Kedleston means you are helping to look after this special place. 

Please be aware the shop is open from Thursday to Monday 10am to 3.30pm.

Stay snug this winter with a cosy woollen throw
Stacked up woollen throws in a variety of blues and greys
Stay snug this winter with a cosy woollen throw

Festive treats

Refresh and refuel at Kedleston's Great Kitchen restaurant. Why not warm up after a woodland wander with a festive hot drink? You can also enjoy a seasonal bite including festive cakes and Christmas lunches with all the trimmings. 

During peak times the Food and Beverage kiosk is open 10am to 3.30pm if you need a takeaway treat.

Enjoy a traditional festive meal at Kedleston Hall this December
Enjoy a festive lunch at Kedleston Hall this December
Enjoy a traditional festive meal at Kedleston Hall this December

Wishing you a merry, safe and healthy Christmas and a happy 2022 from all the team at Kedleston Hall. Thank you for your continued support allowing us to look after special places like Kedleston for future generations to enjoy.