Christmas at Saltram 2021

Saltram staff decorating the kitchen this Christmas

This Christmas it's the perfect time to meet up with family and friends to see the well loved story of The Nutcracker bought to life within the house. From Friday 19th November - Monday 3rd January. Booking is essential to visit this year. The booking system is not yet live but please keep an eye out for updates on our social media channels for more information.

 

The Nutcracker

Feel festive and marvel at our beautifully decorated treasure rooms this Christmas
The Saloon traditionally decorated for Christmas at Saltram, Devon
Feel festive and marvel at our beautifully decorated treasure rooms this Christmas

This year the house will tell the well loved story of The Nutcracker through some of it's grandest rooms and with some of the best parts of our collection. 

The house has become enchanted
Toy soldiers line the mantle piece in the Mirror Room at Saltram
The house has become enchanted

Amongst the other spectacular rooms, the grandest at Saltram, the Saloon, will be transformed into a magical fairytale forest with decadently decorated trees and magical interventions to make the house feel alive.

Natures real nutcrackers - Family trail

Have fun on a walk round the garden and learn about the natural 'nutcrackers' that live within the gardens and parkland at Saltram. 

Pick up a winter trail
Kids doing winter trail
Pick up a winter trail

Garden 

Bobble hats at the ready, this Christmas the garden is the place to stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh winter air on a walk. Admire the gardens winter highlights and chat to a gardener to get some tips about how best to put your garden to bed over the winter months.

Wrap up for a winter walk this Christmas
A family walks between trees under christmas lights
Wrap up for a winter walk this Christmas

Eating

Winter courtyard cafe

Winter warmers served under the tipi
A family laugh as they drink under the tipi
Winter warmers served under the tipi

What makes you feel more festive than settling down to a mulled wine or a hot chocolate beside a giant Christmas tree? Grab a blanket and a festive treat in the winter courtyard café. Open 10-5 daily.

Coffee Trailer

Delicious festive coffees
Festive coffee at Dunstable Downs for Christmas 2020
Delicious festive coffees

Grab a hot drink or sweet treat at the Park Coffee Trailer before or after you set off on a walk around the parkland. 

Chapel Tea-room

Saltram's Chapel Tea-room will be serving up delicious festive afternoon tea
A waitress prepares the cakes in the Chapel Tearoom at Saltram, Devon
Saltram's Chapel Tea-room will be serving up delicious festive afternoon tea

The Chapel tearoom will be offering festive tea and cake on vintage crockery with views across the lawn to the house, the Chapel Tearoom is the perfect place to meet a friend or reunite with family. 

Opening times vary, so please check our homepage for up to date information. 

Gifts and food in the shop

Find some festive tipples in the shop
A table full of christmas gifts
Find some festive tipples in the shop

Searching for the perfect gift? Or perhaps you're after a special Christmas tipple? The shop has a range of quality christmassy products for all the family. Pop in to have a look round and beat the city centre crowds; the shop is open daily, 10am-5pm.

This year you will need to pre-book your visit

In previous years we have seen huge numbers of visitors come and visit at Christmas. This has been amazing to receive so much support from our local community. However, the Christmas experience did sometimes feel a little too busy at times, compromising on how enjoyable the experience was and often it became difficult to park. So, this year we have decided to introduce a booking system to manage the flow of visitors and to also ensure that we are a covid safe event. 

When can I book my ticket? And how do I book my ticket?  

We are still getting the booking system ready for Christmas so for the moment please bear with us until we have more information. 

Will members need to book?  

Yes, members will still need to book via the online booking system.

  

See the Christmas trees sparkle at Saltram
Mother and daughter look closely at a christmas tree at Saltram
See the Christmas trees sparkle at Saltram

Helpful info about visiting at Christmas

Will the illuminations within the garden be on this year? 

Unfortunately, the illuminations and lights within the garden will not be on this year. Sadly, due to budget cuts and staff losses we couldn't safely open the full event this year.  

Why do we have to book to visit this year? 

In previous years we have seen huge numbers of visitors come and visit at Christmas. This has been amazing to receive so much support from our local community. However, the Christmas experience did sometimes feel a little too busy at times, compromising on how enjoyable the experience was and often it became difficult to park. So, this year we have decided to introduce a booking system to manage the flow of visitors and to also ensure that we are a covid safe event. 

When can I book my ticket? And how do I book my ticket?  

We are still getting the booking system ready for Christmas so for the moment please bear with us until we have more information. 

Will members need to book?  

Yes, members will still need to book via the online booking system.  

How much is it to visit this Christmas? 

Entry for National Trust members and children under 5 is free. For non-members it is £8 for an adult and £4 for a child. Visit the admissions page for prices for non-members.  

Do I have to pay to park? 

Parking is £3 per vehicle or free if you are a National Trust member. 

Will it still be free for members?  

Yes, entry for National Trust members and children under 5 is free. Visit the  admissions page for prices for non-members.  

Are you open during the evenings this Christmas?  

No. We will be open 10-5 from Friday 19th November- Monday 3rd January. Please check the opening times on the website before you visit.  

Can I bring in my pushchair?  

Yes, we want to make it as easy for you and your family to visit as we can, so all single pushchairs that are no more than 60 cm in width are very welcome in all areas of Saltram this Christmas. 

Can my dog come along too?  

Dogs are very welcome in the parkland; however, the house and garden where Christmas is held is a dog-free area. Dogs are allowed into the Courtyard under the tipi situated in the stables. 

Is the house accessible for wheelchairs?  

Due to the historic nature of the house and numerous sets of steps up and down, there is a limited route for wheelchair users which goes through 4 of the 6 spaces open at Christmas.  

Is Storytime with Father Christmas on this year?  

We are sad to say that we are unable to run Storytime with Father Christmas this year.  

Will Enchanted Saltram be back in 2022?  

We can’t yet say whether Enchanted Saltram along with the garden illuminations will be back next year.