Christmas at Tattershall

A winter landscape at Tattershall Castle

Almost no historical evidence of Christmas festivities have survived from Tattershall Castle...but that hasn't deterred us; we have made our own traditions. Every year we host an alternative to the hustle and bustle of high street shopping at our Christmas Market and we join together with Lord Cromwell's church next door to put on a Carol Concert.

Run out of gift ideas?

If you are struggling to think of what presents to get this year why not pop over to the castle on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November for the annual Christmas Market. You’ll find perfect presents and ideal stocking fillers handmade by Lincolnshire craftspeople and food suppliers offering an alternative to the mass produced stock found in the high street. Admission to the castle is free all weekend so why not grab a mince pie, nibble a roasted chestnut, slurp some mulled wine and find some unique gifts, all set against the backdrop of a 15th century brick masterpiece.

Pick up a handmade gift made in Lincolnshire
Christmas Market at Tattershall Castle
Pick up a handmade gift made in Lincolnshire

Come sing with us

Tattershall’s two medieval buildings come together for an evening of song alongside a local brass band. The Candlelit Carol Concert, Saturday 2nd December, starts inside the ground floor of the castle with some festive ditties then moves over to the atmospheric interior of the Collegiate Church of the Holy Trinity for the main event. Visitors will have a chance to revive themselves with a cup of mulled wine, then the lights will be extinguished, candles lit and the story of Christmas will unfold through some readings by church volunteers and National Trust staff and of course the opportunity to sing a whole host of popular Christmas carols.

Tradition of song

The Carol Concert gives the National Trust the opportunity to unite two buildings that once were at the heart of Lord Cromwell’s original castle complex. By sharing the event between Castle and Church, the Carol Concert reinstates Cromwell’s intended purpose of bringing the local community together to celebrate whilst also having a good old sing song.

In the Tudor period when Tattershall College was a major religious institution (Sadly almost nothing remains today) Margaret Beaufort, King Henry VII’s very powerful mother, took choristers from the college to sing elsewhere across the country. This was not only a very high honour but also proved the ability of the institution to produce such excellent singers. The tradition of song also continues at Tattershall by boasting the presence of John Taverner, legendary Renaissance composer, who taught music at the college for a short time.

Are you up to the task of following in the footsteps of such audible greatness or is it the case that you can’t feel Christmassy without belting out a tune or two? It doesn’t really matter which camp you fall into, come join us for a very special and festive event that marks the beginning of the countdown to Christmas day or peruse the Christmas market for a unique gift to give to your friends and family.