Christmas at Osterley Park and House
Christmas is coming, and the servants at Osterley are busy preparing for an unexpected visit by the Child family. The family usually spends Christmas at their London house, so this visit is very unexpected and there’s not a lot of time to get everything ready. See how the preparations are coming along in the house, and then stretch your legs in our formal gardens by taking part in our Christmas star hunt.
Preparations are underway
Explore below stairs and see the servants bustling away in the festively dressed kitchens, preparing the plum pudding for Christmas dinner and decorated with greenery from the estate. Leaving the busy confines of below stairs behind, see how the servants are progressing on the principle floor, where beautiful, decorated trees abound to the sound of choral music in the entrance hall, sung by local choirs. Finally, make your way to the eating room, being laid out in all its festive splendour and admire the Christmas feast that awaits. How much can you see on the table that you will find on your own at Christmas?
Dates and times
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3, 11am-4pm
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10, 11am-4pm
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17, 11am-4pm
Father Christmas’ grotto
Father Christmas is taking time out of his busy December schedule to visit Osterley, so book your spot to visit him before he flies back to the North Pole. Find his cosy grotto below stairs in Mrs Bunce’s room, and help decorate it by making paper chains and snowflakes. Then go down the hall to Father Christmas’ study, tell him your festive wish and receive a special early Christmas present.
There’s nothing like bringing some nature into your home at Christmas, so why not join one of our wreath making workshops. Using greenery cut from the estate, we show you how to make a beautiful festive wreath. Suitable for first-time wreath makers and experienced flower arrangers alike, these workshops are a great way to get into the festive spirit and make something beautiful for your home.
Family Fun Outdoors
It may be cold, but there’s still plenty to see in our formal gardens. Take a walk around and see how many stars you can spot as part of our star hunt. Or warm up with a brisk walk down to the play trail, and enjoy our rope swings and den building area. This year we are welcoming dogs into the gardens over the winter, so everyone can enjoy them. Why not bring your bike and try out our new all-weather pathways around the estate, or test yourself in the skills areas.