Christmas in Berkshire

This article was for Christmas 2020, we'll update nearer the time for Christmas 2021

We're looking forward to Christmas in Berkshire this year. We're more than ready for some cosy Christmas traditions, comforting seasonal fayre and a liberal sprinkle of sparkle.

Government guidance permitting, we'll have all the traditions of decorated houses and seasonal treats to enjoy.

Please make sure you check websites and opening times carefully as things can be a little complicated this year. Every time you visit you're helping to look after these special places.

Decorated Christmas tree in the Octagon Room at Basildon Park

Basildon Park 

Basildon Park always gives good glamour at Christmas time and this year will be no exception. The illuminated woodland walk to the mansion is back, there'll be sumptuously decorated trees, twinkling fairy lights and lavish house displays (Government guidance permitting).

Christmas decorations at Greys Court

Greys Court 

Unfortunately, we're not able to open the house at Greys Court for Christmas this year. The sheltered walled garden is peaceful for a wintry stroll and the estate is perfect for frosty walks. Don't forget to follow it up with a Christmas afternoon tea in the Cowshed tea room.

Cliveden's Parterre on a winter's morning


A frosty walk through majestic woodlands at Cliveden reveals previously undiscovered vistas through the leafless trees. Or enjoy a takeaway hot chocolate outside the Sounding Chamber while listening to festive choral music recorded by local choirs.

Mist rising off The Vyne's lake in winter

The Vyne 

There'll be a warm Victorian Christmas at The Vyne this year, with glowing Christmas trees and traditional decorations (Government guidance permitting) and there's plenty of space for welly wandering in the woodlands.

Visitors make paper chains near the Christmas tree at Attingham Park

Christmas crafts how to guides 

From paper chains and pine cones to scented orange slices, keep little fingers busy and learn how to make traditional decorations for a greener Christmas. Get handy tips on making your wreath and watch our wreath-making masterclass video.