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Christmas at Cliveden

Cliveden in Buckinghamshire in winter, with snow on the ground in front of the house
Cliveden in winter, with snow on the ground | © National Trust Images / Vera Collingwood

This article was about Christmas 2023, check back later in the year for updates on Christmas 2024. The Astor family spent many happy Christmases at Cliveden, playing games and walking off all the festive food. This year, inspired by their sense of fun, there's a Christmas trail around the garden to get little legs active, little minds working and everyone in a festive mood. And if you want to escape all things Christmas, there's plenty of space at Cliveden in the 400 acres of garden, woodland and riverside for reviving winter walks.

Festive family fun

Discover the joys of the festive season with loved ones on our Christmas trail. There's festive fun to be had, with activities and outdoor adventures along the way. The trail is available from 6-31 December. Of course, young explorers can also let off steam in the Story Book Play Den, the Maze or along the Woodland Play Trail any time.

Choirs and cruises

The Occasions Singers are performing on Saturday 9 and Tuesday 19 December at 1.45-2.30pm in the Sounding Chamber.

Tickets for Christmas cruises on 16 and 22 December are on sale now here:

Christmas outdoors at Cliveden

It was an Astor family tradition to walk the estate around Christmas time, and now you can make it part of your family tradition too. With 400 acres of natural woodlands to explore, there's lots to discover whilst enjoying some much needed fresh air. Stroll along the dog-friendly paths to take in the winter views of the Berkshire countryside.

The Tortoise Fountain at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire sits on a terrace surrounded by balustrade wall on the edge of the garden. The landscape drops away below to give far reaching views across the surrounding estate. A winter mist hangs over the landscape and the skies are tinged with orange on the horizon as the sun rises.
Winter in the garden at Cliveden | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Christmas food and drink

There are plenty of warming, seasonal drinks and snacks to fuel your adventures too, so pick up your favourite treat and head out to enjoy the views across the Thames Valley through the frames of the bare trees.

Pick out seasonal gifts in Cliveden's shop

If wintry and festive cheer hasn't rubbed off on you yet, simply step inside the shop here to enter an emporium of Christmas delights. Pick up a bargain for yourself or a loved one. With everything from clothing and accessories, to homeware, books and delicious food and drink gifts on offer, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list.

Aerial view of Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

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