A bit of Christmas inspiration

Try our traditional mince pie recipe this year

We've pulled together some of our favourite Christmas crafts, festive traditions and winter inspiration to help you get into the festive spirit.

Christmas handmade crafts

From prepping pine cones for hanging decorations to gold painted branches in buckets, why not let Christmas come naturally this year. Want to get crafty this Christmas but need some inspiration? Look no further...

Snow topped pine cones

A favourite, these look lovely grouped together in a bowl or vase, or just scattered on window sills and around a fireplace. Just take a big, open pine cone and apply white paint to the edges to look like snow. Once dried, you could add a little sparkle by dotting some of the scales with glue and adding silver glitter.

Mini Christmas tree pine cones

Lots of fun and you get to use pomp poms! Make your own mini Christmas tree by choosing a large, open pine cone. Dip or cover in green paint. When dry, glue small pomp poms or beads onto the face-up ends of the pine cone scales. Add a dusting of glue and glitter after painting if you’d like to create a tinsel effect.

Metallic pine cones

Pine cones look great just dipped or painted in full gold or silver paint. You can add glitter afterwards if you want to make them shimmer too.
 
Tip: If you’re dipping your pine cone in paint or glue, it’s always a good idea to check for any small bugs that might be making their home inside.

More Christmas decoration ideas

Stir-up Sunday traditions

We love Christmas traditions. They’re a wonderful way to connect not only with our loved ones as well as people we meet but also with our cultural heritage.

We’re sure many of you have fond memories of being in the kitchen gathering up the ingredients and turning them into something magical.

 

Spotting winter wildlife

Whilst wandering the grounds at Lacock, look out for squirrels, hedgehogs and robin redbreasts as you explore the routes and paths around the abbey, you may find more inspiration than you thought.

Thousands of migratory birds come to the UK’s shores in the winter, so it’s one of the best times to go bird watching if you’re making a special trip. Of course, as the trees lose their leaves it’s much easier to spot birds anyway, and winter is a great time to put feeders out, increasing your chances of seeing lots of different birds in your own garden.

The number and variety of birds you see is likely to be driven by the weather. Get mild conditions and you are likely to be graced by small numbers of your regular feathered friends. But a cold snap could see much excitement as greater numbers and variety of species go in search of sustenance. 

Bird watching

Gifts for bird and wildlife lovers

Encourage all your feathered and fluffy friends (and beetles, bees and other insects) to make a pit stop in your garden with our striking and practical range of houses, habitats, bird baths and feeders. Explore our unique range of gifts for bird lovers and wildlife watchers.

Christmas at Lacock

We may be biased, but we think a Christmas visit to Lacock is just the thing to get you in the festive spirit.

Join Peter Rabbit™ and friends in the abbey grounds or mix reindeer spotting with Christmas shopping in Lacock village.

Take a festive photo with the willow reindeer in the Tudor courtyard and see how many Christmas trees you can spot in the abbey windows.

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite tree in the community Christmas tree festival.

A close up of a festive bow tied on a Christmas tree in the courtyard of Lacock Abbey with a willow reindeer in the background.

Christmas at Lacock

Pack your wellies and your woolies for an outdoor Christmas at Lacock in December 2020.

 

Eating and shopping at Lacock
Woman holding takeaway hot drink

Feeling peckish?

The Stables café has reopened, serving takeaway hot and cold drinks and light snacks.

We’ve introduced safety measures including screens at our till and collection points, and we’ll also only be accepting card payment. In line with government guidance you're required to wear a face covering in the cafe, unless exempt; please bring one with you.

We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone. 

The Spring Riverlands collection

Spring pleasures

The National Trust's shop in Lacock's High Street is open. From a soft woollen throw to a sweet-smelling soap, you can find it here. We've introduced social distancing measures and will only be accepting card payment. In line with government guidance you will be required to wear a face covering in the shop, unless exempt; please bring one with you.

It is through your purchases that we're able to continue looking after Lacock for everyone, for ever.

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