Something to do between Christmas and New Year

That magical time of year between Christmas Day and New Years Eve, where opportunities for days out are endless. Take a look at what's going on during Twixmas, with ideas to help you get outside and enjoy the last of the season.

Stack of Christmas mince pies

Christmas at Watersmeet

Get into the festive spirit with a wintry walk in the beautiful Lyn Valley followed by a seasonal treat from the winter menu at Watersmeet.

Visitors looking at Christmas Tree

A Betwixmas Castle

Beat the post Christmas blues and extend the festive feeling just a little longer.

Illuminations light up the garden during Christmas at Trelissick, Cornwall

Enjoy Trelissick's illuminations until New Year's Eve 

After Christmas, from 27 to 31 December, you still have the chance to explore the magically illuminated garden from dusk to 7pm. Shake off those post-Christmas blues by opening yourself up to a whole spectrum of colours and light.

A Very Victorian Christmas at Tyntesfield

A very Victorian Christmas at Tyntesfield 

Between 24 November 2018 and 2 January 2019, we're turning the clock back over a hundred years for a very Victorian Christmas at Tyntesfield...

Visitors enjoying the Christmas decorations at Stourhead, Wiltshire


'Twixmas' is a time to get together and enjoy traditions old and new; Stourhead house will be opening its doors to the beautifully decorated showrooms. Beyond the house, a walk around the winter garden offers tranquillity and festive cheer, with many of the garden buildings adorned with wreaths and festive decorations.

Godolphin Christmas girl through door

Twixmas ideas at Godolphin

Godolphin is only closed on the 24 & 25 December and there's plenty to do from enjoying a family Christmas show to going for a winter walk on the estate before warming up in the Piggery tearoom. Follow the link to find out what's going on over the festive season at Godolphin.

Christmas trees in the Warming Room of Lacock Abbey, where a large cauldron stands.

Lacock Abbey 

Keep the spirit alive at 'Twixmas' with a visit to see this year's Christmas tree festival in the cloister of Lacock Abbey. Each tree has been decorated by a local community group or charity, so look out for their ideas and inspiration.

National Trust woodland with people

Winter walks on the Kingston Lacy estate 

Wrap up warm and enjoy a winter walk on the estate. Blow out the cobwebs and burn off the excesses of the festive season. Download one of our estate walks today.

Morris dancer sticks being held aloft

Misrule and merriment at Montacute House

The Lord of Misrule will be taking over this winter for some festive merry making.

A woman and two girsl with magnifying glasses at Corfe Castle

Twelve days of Christmas family quest

Search for the shields hidden in the castle ruins, complete the activities and solve the clues to successfully complete your Christmas castle quest.

Winter illuminations at Knightshayes Court

Be sure to see Knightshayes' illuminated winter wonderland this Christmas

The illuminations are back again this year, and they're set to look more magical than ever. Find out when you can see this beautiful display.

Brent geese at Studland Bay, Dorset

Coastal Christmas at Studland Bay

Winter is a time to experience the wild side of Studland Bay, far from the crowded high streets, where wildlife finds a year-round home.

Greenway cinema seats facing the screen

Greenway's 1950s pop-up Christmas cinema

A pop-up 1950s cinema will be opening its doors once again at Greenway this December. The vintage-styled cinema in a cosy marquee in the garden, complete with red velvet seats and uniformed ushers, will be screening classic films selected by guest curator Sophie Hannah.

Winter at Dyrham Park

A great escape outdoors this twixmas

Take a break from the indoors, the rich food and the gaudy decorations while stretching your legs and taking in the views this festive season.

Sheep in the snow at Buckland

Winter walks

This year, Buckland Abbey will be open until 2 January (excluding 24-26 December), and also on weekends until 16 February 2019. Join us for woodland walks and warming drinks.

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