What's on for families at Christmas

Child and adult looking at Christmas tree

Experience the heart-warming charm of The Snowman™ and The Snowdog with a variety of activities and events throughout December.  Be enchanted by this delightful story of loss, love and magical adventures with your very best friends. 

Winter scarves and woolly baubles family trail 

This Christmas our trail will have you searching in the gardens for pom-pom baubles and colourful scarves.

Inspired by The Snowdog's knitted ears and spots we have hidden a variety of woolly decorations in the garden ready for you to find. Look out for knitted scarves and pom-pom baubles hanging in the trees. There're pairs of mittens to match up too and you may even catch sight of a visiting Snowdog.

Pick up the trail from our welcome hub from 10am to 3.30pm. £1 per trail, normal admission applies.

Can you match the mittens on our trail
Colourful wooden mittens in hollybush
Can you match the mittens on our trail

Snowdogs in the garden

Come and meet our giant Snowdog friends in the garden, as a selection of sculptures from the popular Snowdog Art Trails will be visiting. From Saturday 1 Dec until Tuesday 2 January, 10am- 4pm.

Will you spot a Snowdog in the garden
A Snowdog in the Forecourt Garden
Will you spot a Snowdog in the garden

The Snowman™ and The Snowdog is a heart-warming story about a young boy, Billy, who builds a Snowman and, with a little spare snow, a Snowdog. That night at the stroke of midnight, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog magically come to life.

Inspired by the animated short film, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog, Wild in Art  continue to bring the magic of the lovable Snowdog character to life with the Snowdog Art Trails

A selection of the giant Snowdog sculptures are on display in the garden, follow the knitted decorations to find them. Come and meet The Snowdog Classic and other Snowdog designs while exploring. Which will be your favourite?

Snowdog art trails
Snowdog art trails
Snowdog art trails


Christmas crafts

Join us for drop-in craft activities in the Potting Shed, inspired by the knitted textures in The Snowman™ and The Snowdog. We'll be doing a different craft each weekend from pom-pom baubles & Snowdog sock puppets to woollen mini wreaths. During the few days before Christmas itself you can choose which to make as they will all be on offer. All materials and instructions will be provided and the workshops will be open from 11am to 3pm.

  • Sat 1 and Sun 2 Dec - Sock puppet Snowdogs
  • Sat 8 and Sun 9 Dec - Woollen mini wreaths
  • Sat 15 and Sun 16 Dec - Pom-pom baubles
  • Wed 19 to Sun 23 Dec - Sock puppet Snowdogs, woollen mini wreaths and pom-pom baubles.

Suggested donation of £3 per craft. Normal admission applies.

Make your own pom-pom baubles
Woollen robin pom-pom baubles
Make your own pom-pom baubles

The Snowman™ and The Snowdog exhibition

Pop into the gallery where we'll be displaying over 40 illustrations from the film, following the magical adventures of The Snowman™ and The Snowdog. With behind-the-scenes drawings, preparatory sketches and artwork used in the film, you’ll discover more about the creative process that brought The Snowman™ back to life for a new generation of viewers.

The gallery is upstairs in the house and opens at 11am with last entry at 3pm. Free, normal admission applies.

The Snowman and The Snowdog
The Snowman & Snowdog
The Snowman and The Snowdog

Bring your four legged friends to meet ours! For the duration of the exhibition, dogs are welcome in the garden.