You can bathe in the Christmassy glow of not just one but 100 (yes 100) beautifully decorated trees at Arlington Court this year. It’s the perfect place to garner inspiration for decorating your own Christmas tree, with spectacles including traditional Victorian trees, trees made of shells, trees crafted from paper, trees decorated with jewellery, ribbons, buttons and much more.
As dusk falls, make your way into the gardens at Trelissick to experience festively illuminated trees. Wander through the grounds as the trees light your way, and then head indoors where you’ll find traditional Christmas trees and decorations adorning the house.
Enjoy a Christmas tree in its natural habitat at Castle Drogo, and help to decorate it yourself. The ‘wild’ Christmas tree can be found in the Castle Drogo grounds – and once you’ve added your decoration, why not enjoy a bracing winter walk?
Putting a briny twist on a Christmas tradition, Studland beach will be offering the opportunity to decorate the coastal Christmas tree with shells, seaweed and other beachcombing finds. Combine this with a wintry walk along the sands and a warming hot chocolate at the Knoll Beach Café for the perfect escape from the Christmas hubbub.
Lacock Abbey’s Great Hall will play host to a huge Christmas tree this year, decorated with handmade ornaments created by artist Sarah Edwards. The tree will be a nod to 1845, when the Fox Talbot family brought their first Christmas tree to Lacock, so expect a decidedly Victorian theme.
The annual Killerton Christmas Tree Festival returns, with local schools, businesses and community groups coming together to dress their very own Christmas tree for display in the Killerton Chapel - expect plenty of colour and festive cheer. For even more trees head to Killerton House where there will be a decorated tree in every room.
And finally, for those looking for something a little different, there’s the Cotehele garland. Whilst not strictly a tree, this annual tradition is a magnificent feat and a truly striking festive sight. The dried flowers are gathered together in the autumn, after which a team of staff and volunteers create and hang the huge garland in Cotehele’s great hall.