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Christmas at Newark Park

Silver Christmas decorations hang on a tree at Petworth House and Park, West Sussex
Christmas decorations hang on a tree at Petworth House and Park, West Sussex | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

For Christmas 2023, we invited you to enjoy a traditional Christmas at Newark Park, with festive decorations adorning the house, wintry walks in the garden, and a visit from Father Christmas himself.

Christmas 2023 has now finished at Newark Park

The below information is for Christmas 2023. We hope you enjoyed all that we had to offer. Please check back here closer to Christmas 2024 when you will see updates of all the exciting plans we have in store for you.

Meet Father Christmas (We're sorry, this event is now sold out)

Pre-booking is essential

Father Christmas is stopping at Newark Park before he heads off for his busiest night of the year. For those that have been nice, there will be a little gift and a chat with the man himself in his cosy grotto in the Drawing Room on the ground floor of Newark house.

Tickets cost £6 per child.

Please visit the 'Things to see and do' page for further information and to book your place.

Father Christmas handing gift to young boy in hall at Ickworth
A visit from Father Christmas | © National Trust Images/Rob Stothard

The 12 Days of Christmas trail

From Saturday 18 November 2023 - Monday 1 January 2024

Weekends until 17 December (inclusive), then every day between 26 December and 1 January.

Can you dance, hula hoop and drum your way through the festive season?

The willow deer have been busy putting together the Christmas trail but they need your help to bring the story to life! Find each station as you explore the garden.

The trail is free with admission.

Winter walks

Take in the wintry landscape on one of the estate walks through Newark Park.

Suitable walking shoes or boots are essential for our longer walks. Please talk to the friendly visitor reception team for advice on routes and path surfaces.

An adult and children outside the south front of Newark Park, Gloucestershire

Discover more at Newark Park

Find out when Newark Park is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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