Family festive Fun at Ormesby Hall

Children enjoying the sparkle of the Christmas tree lights

Visit Ormesby Hall and garden during the day and stay late to see the twinkling lights stand out in the dark. Families can book for the Father Christmas experience with the elves and see the important man himself. There is something for the entire family with storytime, indoor angel trail and garden twelve days of Christmas trail.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas will be with us during weekends, from 23 November - 22 December.

For availability see the what's on page

This Christmas we are transforming the family room into Father Christmas' grotto ready for his arrival. As you wait to visit him for your private family meeting, you can join the elves, make some Christmas crafts and have some seasonal fun with your family.

To book your place please phone 01642 328908, tickets are £6.50 per child and includes a gift and crafts to take home. Normal admission also applies to access this event.

Create special memories for your children this Christmas
Young girl is meeting Father Christmas with a decorated tree behind them
Create special memories for your children this Christmas

Christmas activities

 In the Entrance Hall children can settle down for a Christmas story with Mrs Christmas, dress up, play with the nativity scene in the drawin room, try napkin folding in the dining room, write a letter to Father Christmas in the study and hang a Christmas wish on the angel tree upstairs.

Listen to Christmas stories with Mrs Clause
Mrs Claus reading a Christmas story to children
Listen to Christmas stories with Mrs Clause

Christmas crafts

In the Laundry design a paper Christmas bauble and make a paper chain to go home or add to our ever growing one.

Stop by the laundry to make a paper chain
Young girl making a colourful Christmas paper chain
Stop by the laundry to make a paper chain

House Christmas trail

Children can see the house decorated for Christmas, with trees and garlands adorning the rooms. This year the decorations are given an angelic touch, with handmade angels to find through the house.

See the paper angel decorations adorn the Christmas tree in the entrance hall
Christmas tree decorated in the entrance hall
See the paper angel decorations adorn the Christmas tree in the entrance hall


Model railway layouts

This Christmas two permanent model railway layouts will be open; including a Thomas the tank engine and his friends interactive layout. Head to the model railways and push the buttons to make Thomas and friends go, then watch as you control them.

Explore the Garden

We have a new garden trail this Christmas, to find the twelve days of Christmas hidden through the winter garden. You can also help decorate the wisteria branches by choosing and hanging a bauble, don't forget to make a Christmas wish as you place it. Christmas meals can be prepared in the mud pie kitchen, so have a look on the ground for some seasonal ingredients for your recipe and enjoy some play time in the natural play area. If it's raining or snowing then wrap up warm, put on your wellies and go looking for some great muddy puddles or make a snowman.

Enjoying what winter has to offer
A toddler jumping in muddy puddles
Enjoying what winter has to offer

Servants' Hall tea-room

Enjoy a bite to eat in the intimate setting of the tea-room, which is housed in the old servants hall. Warm up with a hearty soup, latte or hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows, with lunch boxes available for children.

Girl enjoying a hot chocolate treat

Normal admission applies to visit this Christmas, a family ticket is £14 or free for national trust members and under 5s.