Victorian country house Christmas party at Uppark

You are invited to lady Featherstonhaugh's sparkling Christmas house party at Uppark this festive season. Explore the Victorian festivities above and below stairs as the household celebrates in style.

Saturday 2 December - Monday Sunday 31 December 2017

Mr. Lambert, the butler, and the rest of the Uppark household welcome you back in time as we celebrate a Victorian Christmas. The servants have been working hard preparing the most elegant Christmas the lady of the house could wish for. 

Get festive with some yummy homemade treats
Christmas treats for sale at Kedleston Hall

The house keeper, Mrs. Wells, has even allowed the household staff to decorate below stairs and the servants are beginning to wind-down after a busy Christmas party for her ladyship's guests and enjoy the festive season themselves.

Paper chains on a Christmas tree

Discover beautifully detailed mannequins designed and created by Denise Watson of Delicarta - bringing paper to life. See the servants clearing up after the party in the Servants Quarters before sneaking up to the dining room to see how the ladies and gentlemen of the house are faring after their lavish Christmas party.

The artist spends months creating the costumes out of paper then assembles them on site
Artist Denise Watson creating costumes out of paper

Denise has a strong textiles background and has studied historical & theatrical costume design. She has also completed a city & guilds qualification in creative design & embroidery.

Her love of theatre and interest in fashion design combine together to make paper mannequins which enthrall, delight and entertain in equal measures.

Discover stunning costumes made from paper by artist Delicarta
Close up of paper costume created by Delicarta

Family fun this Christmas 

Festive food family trail 

2 December - 31 December 10 - 3pm 

Pick up our family trail this Christmas and find out all about festive Victorian food hidden around the grounds and house.How does milk become butter? What was stored in the game larder? And can you find the pesky mice stealing food from the lavish party in the house?

£2 per trail

Get stuck into our Christmas family trail this December
Child completing family trail at Uppark, West Sussex

Gift membership this Christmas

Gift membership this Christmas

Whether they love exploring historic houses and castles, cycling through the countryside or walking along the coast, National Trust membership is a gift to be enjoyed all year round.

A gift that keeps giving

While they’re making the most of their membership, the money from your gift helps us care for the places they visit and keeps them special for ever, for everyone. 

Get Christmas wrapped up early with a gift membership for someone special
Get Christmas wrapped up early with a gift membership for someone special

What they'll get:

  • Free entry to over 500 special places
  • Free parking at most National Trust car parks
  • National Trust handbook, full of ideas to help them plan days out
  • National Trust Magazine three times a year, packed with news and inspiration

Talk to our teams this festive season about gift membership when you next visit us.