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Christmas days out at Speke Hall

Father and son enjoying the Christmas decorations at Speke Hall, Liverpool
Christmas at Speke Hall | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Experience an enchanting family Christmas at Speke Hall. From the excitement of breakfast with Father Christmas, to the festive fun of Christmas cookie design and the exhilaration of a winter ramble, there is a whole host of family-friendly things to do throughout the season.

Christmas Opening Weekends

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between November 24 and December 10, 12.30pm to 4.00pm (last entry at 3.30pm)

Join us for a timeless Christmas at Speke Hall this winter, as you step inside the decorated house and enter a world of magical decorations. Marvel at fresh garlands and twinkling trees as you learn more about Christmases past.

Booking is not required and admission is included in the price of a property ticket.

Please note: During our Christmas weekends, the first floor of the Hall will be closed due to major project work that will help protect and maintain the property for everyone, for ever.

Christmas events for children

Breakfast with Father Christmas

Every day between Friday 15 and Thursday 21 December

Bring your little ones for Breakfast with Father Christmas at Speke Hall every day between 15-21 December. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, post your Christmas list and gather for a story with Father Christmas.

Tickets now on sale.

Christmas Cookie Design Workshop

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November

Come along to the Events Room at Speke Hall and create your own edible Christmas masterpiece! Our Head Chef will be on hand to provide the cookies and give expert advice as you try your hand at designing your own Christmas cookie to take away.

Tickets now on sale.

SOLD OUT - Preschool Christmas Stories

Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 November, Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 December

Take your place in a Christmas-decorated Great Hall this winter and enjoy some merry and mirthful stories for young children. The event is free, but does need to be booked to guarantee a spot.

Tickets now available.

Christmas Craft Workshop

Saturday 2, Sunday 3, Saturday 9, Sunday 10, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December

Come along to Speke Hall between 11:30am and 2:00pm on selected December weekends to enjoy some crafty Christmas fun. From sugar-mice to pomanders to paper decorations, each weekend has its own focus and every one will be fun!

This is a drop in session, so no need to book. There is a charge of £1 per child and normal admission prices apply.

Find out more here.

Other Christmas events

SOLD OUT - Christmas Calligraphy Workshop

Friday 24 November

Learn the art of calligraphy in this beginners' class and create personalised Christmas cards and gift tags using brush pens.

Tickets have now sold out.

SOLD OUT - A Christmas Carol

Thursday 30 November

Join Charles Dickens as he brings to life one of the most famous ghost stories of all time. A tale of revenants and redemption, hauntings and humbug, seasonal spooks and sentiment.

Tickets have now sold out.

The Tudor Songbook at Christmas

Saturday 2 December

Gather at Home Farm restaurant for festive refreshments before heading into the magnificent Great Hall filled with Tudor festive decorations.

Experience the music of the Tudor period at this magical time of year, in a space the Norris family would have celebrated Yuletide in the 1500s in their newly-built home.

Tickets are available here.

An Evening of Festive Music

Wednesday 6, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December

Take a seat in the magnificent Great Hall filled with Tudor festive decorations and enjoy your favourite Christmas carols and classics sung by local choir, Singing Our Socks Off. The event includes refreshments served at Home Farm restaurant (included with your ticket).

Tickets now on sale.

SOLD OUT - Christmas Wreath Design Workshop

Friday 8 December

Join our garden team to craft your very own Christmas wreath to take away in this fun beginners' workshop. You'll be using a mixture of evergreen foliage as well as pine cones and berries. It will be a relaxed atmosphere and no experience is required.

Please note that admission is also required to attend this event.

Tickets have now sold out.

Family visitors at Speke Hall, Liverpool, at Christmas.
Family visitors at Speke Hall, Liverpool, at Christmas. | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Things to do this Christmas

A Winter's Trail

The Childe of Hale needs your help! Speke's very own giant, John Middleton wants to go on a winter walk around the grounds, but he can't find his outdoor clothing. Work with his friend, the dormouse and use your map to find all six items to keep him warm and dry on this fun family winter trail.

The trail will run into the new year from December 11.

Winter Ranger Rambles

29 & 30 November, 1, 6, 7, 8 December

Grab your scarf and gloves and escape to Speke Hall's outdoor spaces for a refreshing winter ramble with our area ranger, Ian. On your walk, you'll wander round the woodlands, gardens and wild areas of the Speke Hall grounds. You'll learn about the characters, history and habitats of the estate and enjoy a warming walk in the winter air. The walks are free but booking is essential. Admission applies.

Spaces now available.

Tuck into festive food

Escape to Home Farm restaurant to take a seat and enjoy delicious festive treats every day of the week, 10.30am-3.30pm. Tuck into warming scones, sip festive-flavoured hot drinks or fill up your belly with a tasty meal. Every bite supports the work we do to care for Speke Hall for everyone, for ever.

Gift a book this Christmas

Our second-hand bookshop, Speke's Volumes, is a treasure trove of pre-loved stories and located just opposite Home Farm restaurant. You're bound to find a book or two you'll love or that could make the perfect gift for someone special this Christmas. The bookshop is run by volunteers and is usually open every day for a few hours in the early afternoon

Shop with the National Trust

The previous shop at Speke Hall selling National Trust products has closed, but you can still enjoy shopping at other properties in the region including Dunham Massey and Quarry Bank. Or you can visit our online shop here to browse and purchase unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones from the comfort of your own home.

Children meet Father Christmas at Speke Hall, Liverpool.

Enjoy Christmas with us

Escape to Speke Hall this Christmas and enjoy the very best of the season, from the family fun of our events to the crisp air of a winter walk. Discover what's on and plan you visit.

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