The Twelve Days of Christmas at Uppark

This year, Uppark brings the famous song the Twelve Days of Christmas to life throughout the house and gardens. Explore the festivities above and below stairs as we celebrate this classic Christmas song.

The Twelve Days of Christmas at Uppark

Saturday 1 December - Tuesday 1 January

With the return of Delicarta, Uppark comes alive this year by telling the story of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

All of the rooms in the Servants Quarters are decorated with Delicarta's creations and handmade decorations by Uppark's staff and volunteers.  The servery, dining room and stone hall are also open on the ground floor of the house and lit for an evening of festivities.  

Paper creations

Discover beautifully detailed mannequins designed and created by Denise Watson of Delicarta - bringing paper to life. Inspired by the classic Twelve Days of Christmas song, find the Servants Quarters brought to life with colourful and vibrant scenes and our dining room lit for an evening party.

Discover the intricate detailing of Denise Watson's work
Close up of paper cloth created by artist Denise Watson of Delecarta for Uppark's Christmas 2017 West Sussex
Discover the intricate detailing of Denise Watson's work

Denise is an expert in historical and theatrical costume design. Her love of theatre and fashion design come together in her intricate paper mannequins, which enthral, delight and entertain in equal measures.

The artist spends months working on the details
Artist, Denise Watson working on Uppark's 2017 Christmas
The artist spends months working on the details

Take a closer look and feel at Denise’s materials and techniques, with our moodboards and swatches in each of the rooms. We also have a small exhibit about Denise's work in our Dolls House room which is also decorated for Christmas.

Fun for all the family

The song doesn't just come alive in the house but also the grounds. Our family trail takes you around the grounds to find all the elements of the song as well as those in the house.

£1 suggested trail donation.