Christmas at The Argory

Christmas at The Argory

This Christmas is all about the excitement of reviving festive traditions and sharing precious moments with loved ones at the places closest to us. Unwrap a classic Christmas with festive experiences at The Argory as you step back in time to a Christmas of yesteryear.

Step inside The Argory and experience Christmas of yesteryear

Every weekend from Sunday 27 November to Sunday 19 December

See the house dressed for a traditional Christmas. Trees, trinkets and garlands will decorate the rooms and the dining room table will be set for a celebratory festive feast. Experience what life was like for the MacGeough Bond family and their servants as they prepare for the festive period. See the house in a whole new light and hear how the family celebrated Christmas in the 1800’s.

Step into the magic of a traditional Christmas at places like The Argory
Experience Christmas with the National Trust in Northern Ireland
Step into the magic of a traditional Christmas at places like The Argory

Christmas Wreath Workshops

Join Tracey, Senior Gardener at the Argory to learn how to make your own special Christmas wreath to adorn your home for the festive season. Book a place on one of her workshops and discover her expert top tips this Christmas.

Come and make a Christmas wreath for your front door
Christmas Wreath Making at Dunstable Downs
Come and make a Christmas wreath for your front door

Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander Trail

Every weekend from Saturday 4 to Sunday 19 December

This winter, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at The Argory on the Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail. Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends and give nature a helping hand . The trail will take place every weekend from Saturday 4 December to Sunday 19 December so come along and explore the beautiful woodlands and gardens of The Argory.

The trail story is focussed on families becoming Percy’s helper for the day helped by his animal friends, stepping into his ‘wellies’ while he is busy on site. There will be winter tasks, activities, games, clues and a note from Percy to help them along the way. Kids can collect their prize at the end and have the opportunity to capture their experience of the day.

Take part in Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail
Percy the Park Keeper
Take part in Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail

Winter walks and festive treats 

Stroll along the River Blackwater or wander our gorgeous gardens to spend time in nature this winter. When the trees have lost their leaves, the rugged beauty of their textured bark and spreading branches are revealed. Large oaks with their full crowns create beautiful silhouettes against the winter sky, while the frost glistens on the golden branches of the larch. Grab a warming hot drink from the Courtyard Coffee Shop and enjoy a refreshing walk in our grounds which look spectacular with a sprinkle of Jack Frost. Busy woodland residents are easily spotted traversing the tangled network of branches with ease, gathering fodder for their winter feasts. Red robins with their feathers all fluffed up against the cold follow the gardener waiting for tasty treats to be unearthed as he works the soil. It’s the perfect time of year to see a kingfisher perched above the icy river blackwater warming himself up in a patch of winter sun.

Hide away in the Arbours at The Argory
Winter Arbours at The Argory
Hide away in the Arbours at The Argory

Mulled punch, mince pies and Christmas sandwiches will be the order of the day in the Courtyard Coffee Shop throughout December. After your winter wander take a seat and enjoy the tranquil setting of the courtyard with a warming speciality coffee.

The Lime trees look good all year round, even in winter!
Lime trees at The Argory in winter
The Lime trees look good all year round, even in winter!

 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

Season's greetings and a heart felt thank you from all of us. Your support helps us care for special places, for ever, for everyone.