Christmas at Souter

A small child n a wooly hat igazes up at Father Christmas

Enchantment is in the air at Souter Lighthouse throughout the festive season. You can do all of your Christmas shopping under one roof, get creative and even meet Father Christmas.

Christmas craft fair

Our ever popular Christmas craft fair takes place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November. An altogether more relaxed way of shopping while avoiding the hassle of the high street and entry is free.

Browse hand-made crafts, gifts, cards, jewellery and much more. You'll find full details on our what's on page.

For enquiries, please call 0191 529 0902 or email

Unique gifts at a Christmas craft fair
Visitors browse a jewellery stall at a Christmas market
Unique gifts at a Christmas craft fair

Create Christmas crafts

Kids can channel their Christmas excitement into creating something unique - perfect to keep or give as a gift. Suitable for all ages. £4 each.

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November. Drop in and find us in the Education Room upstairs from the shop between 11am and 4pm.


Father Christmas comes to Souter

Enjoy a magical experience at Souter in December. Post your letter to Father Christmas to tell him all your Christmas wishes, then find his secret grotto and spend some time chatting with the big man himself.

Then it's off to the elves' workshop to create some wooden crafts and warm up with a hot chocolate and marshmallows.

This event is suitable for children of all ages, though they must bring an adult along. £12 per child. Part of the event will be outside so we’d recommend dressing in warm clothes. Please book your place by calling 0191 529 0909 or you can email Becky

Check event dates and times here.

Hot chocolate warms the winteriest day
A young girl drinking a large cup of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows
Hot chocolate warms the winteriest day

Christmas shopping and festive fare

Head to the lighthouse shop for gift inspiration. Our range of National Trust items and Souter themed souvenirs could be just what you're looking for, from stocking fillers to that perfect present to make someone's Christmas unforgettable.

Treat local history buffs in the family to a keepsake commemorating our Marsden Memories exhibition, or choose from a wide selection of gourmet delicacies for a foodie friend. Ask a member of the team about gift membership for the experience seekers in your life.

Each weekend in November, we'll be offering free samples to get your tastebuds jingling, including jams, pickles, biscuits, chocolate, beers and gin.

If you shop with us over the weekend of 16 - 17 November, our Christmas gift to you is 10% off when you spend over £25

When it’s time to take a break from shopping, activities with the kids or a winter walk, you can indulge in seasonal drinks, snacks or warming comfort food in the Lighthouse Café.