Make some new Christmas traditions with us

Father Christmas and an older couple

Christmas is a time for loved ones, family, and traditions so this Christmas we not only offer a beautiful family home decorated for you to enjoy, but also songs to join in with and Father Christmas will be stopping by with presents for all the children.

The basement of the House is turned into a magical grotto for families to enjoy with dressing up, games and seasonal films. There are also craft activities so you can make Christmas cards together and make decorations to take home to create cherished memories and traditions.

Father Christmas will be in the grotto to share stories, songs and jokes with families. He will also be bringing with him wonderful presents for all the children. Tickets to see Father Christmas are £5 each and can be bought on the day.

Venture outside the warmth of the basement and there is plenty to explore, the festively decorated house, the wonderful garden and its winter tranquillity, and songs in the visitor reception courtyard and in front of the house thanks to some wonderful local choirs.

You can enjoy songs from Barley Rye, Wellow Choir and Holt Sings, Jane Lilley Singers, Christmas Belles, Shiraz, Axbridge Singers and Stanchester Quire to name but a few. Singing is traditional especially at Christmas so do join in if you know the songs.

Here's some information about some of the choirs performing in December:

Jane Lilley Singers have been together for over 40 years and have gained a well earned reputation for high quality and versatile performances, aiming to provide something for everyone.
They have recorded 20 albums, won many competitions and have been heard nationally and internationally on both radio & TV.

The Stanchester Quire is a community choir, established in 1996, with about 50 members of all ages from South Somerset and beyond. Our conductor is Eddie Upton, the Director of Folk South West. They sing West Gallery carols and folk songs collected from the south-west of England and sing mostly without accompaniment, in four-part harmony.

The Wellow Choir sings a wide variety of secular and sacred music from a wide variety of traditions in four part accapella harmony. Holt Sings enjoys singing a wide variety of different music styles and sings purely for enjoyment. The choirs are both conducted by James Watts, who is glad to be able to bring them together to sing for Stourhead.

The Christmas Traditions weekends are the 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20 December from 11am-2pm with choirs singing and Father Christmas will be visiting in the House basement.