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Christmas at Blickling Estate

Christmas trees decorated in Blickling Great Hall at Christmas 2023
Blickling Great Hall at Christmas 2023 | © Paul Bailey

This coming Christmas we invite you to spend the day exploring the house decked up for a traditional Victorian Christmas with a wild, magical twist!

A Blickling Wild Winter

Saturday 2 – 23 December, 10am–3pm* (House open at 11am)

*Last entry into the house at 2.30pm.

Welcome to a traditional Victorian Christmas with a wild, magical twist

Lady Constance Lothian invites you to explore an Arts and Crafts inspired home where the outside has come in. Animals have appeared throughout the house – helping them to prepare for Christmas Day.

“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the hall,

Rabbits, badgers and owls were having a ball”

See the animals caper through the rooms leaving paw prints across the snow-filled Lower Ante Room, helping Constance to finish sewing her Christmas gown in the Print Room, creating a Christmas dinner fit for a family of hedgehogs in the Dining Room – while the owls and bats are enjoying a Christmas story snuggled in the cosy Upper Ante Room.

The magic grows stronger as you walk through a wintery garden in the Long Gallery, where you'll find out who is creating this wild Christmas chaos?

The route through the house will take in the ground floor, basement kitchen and some of the first floor showrooms.

Enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping in the shop or pop into the Second Hand Bookshop in the Farmyard to browse a selection of specialist books, or visit the Stamp shop on Saturday 9 or Sunday 10 December, in addition to Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 11am - 3pm. Tuck into delicious seasonal food and warming drinks in the Stables and Muddy Boots cafés.

Visit the RAF Oulton Museum Friday 8 December - Sunday 10 December and Friday 15 December - Sunday 17 December between 11am - 3pm.

Daytime ticket information

There's no need to book tickets for your visit during these times. Entry is free to National Trust members, and non-members can pay on arrival.

Ticket prices for non-members:

  • Adult  £15.00
  • Child* £7.50
  • Family (1 adult, up to 3 children) £22.50
  • Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) £37.50

*Children under five go free and do not require a ticket.

Good to know

  • The House is open 11am–3pm. Last entry to the house and garden is 2.30pm. The House, garden, shops and cafés close at 3pm.
  • The car park closes at 3pm and will reopen at 5pm when we start to welcome visitors for evening.
  • Revolootion will be on site with an accessible toilet on Tuesday 5, Sunday 10 and Saturday 16 December between 10am–3pm (also between 5pm – 8pm for Wild Winter After Dark).
  • Please note that only assistance dogs are allowed inside the house, the garden and the east wing.
  • Please use the outlaying carparks if you're planning a walk in the parkland between Saturday 2 – Sunday 23 December.
  • The Second Hand Bookshop is open and accepting donations between 11am - 3pm.
  • The Stamp Shop at Blickling will be open Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December, in addition to Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 11am - 3pm. Please call 01263 738075 information or visit the second-hand bookshop for a selection of stamp sheets, first day covers and bags of stamps.
  • Visit the RAF Oulton Museum Friday - Sunday between 11am - 3pm.
Animal illustrations around a Christmas tree, Wild Winter at Blickling, Christmas 2023
A Wild Winter at Blickling, Christmas 2023 | © National Trust Images/Kezia Everson
Visitors explore the long gallery at Blickling

Discover the house at Blickling Estate 

Discover more about Blickling Hall, in Norfolk, a Jacobean mansion thought to be the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, and sits in a historic park.

Visitors enjoy food and drinks inside the Stables Café at Blickling  | Norfolk

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Offering delicious, locally sourced and produced food, stop at one of the cafés, browse in the shop or grab a bargain in the second-hand bookshop.

The Parterre Garden viewed from the Long Gallery at Blickling Estate, Norfolk

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