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Christmas at Claremont Landscape Garden

This information is about Christmas 2023, we’ll update for 2024 nearer the time

The Snow Queen family trail

This Christmas at Claremont, we’ve brought to life, Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy-tale, The Snow Queen.

In this classic story of good versus evil, Kai has been kidnapped by the Snow Queen and Gerda, his friend, embarks on an adventure to save him. Come and join Gerda on this extra special trail around the lake at Claremont on her quest to rescue Kai from the Snow Queen’s palace. The garden will be transformed into the magical outdoor world with installations reflecting scenes from the story with activities to try along the way.

The free trail follows our half-mile lake route - perfect for little legs and those of all ages - even on chilly days.

25 November until 2 January, 10am-3pm. (Normal admission applies)

Mother with children pointing at snowy landscape
Come and explore the Christmas trail at Claremont Landscape Garden | © John Miller

Winter walks

Short strolls

For an easy stroll around the gardens, take the short circular route around the lake, suitable for all the family (including your four-legged ones) with level access throughout. Say hello to the waterfowl braving the cold and admire the eighteenth-century grass amphitheatre as you walk along. You can even enjoy a little greenery as you walk through corridors of laurel and rhododendron.

Longer routes

For a slightly bigger challenge, take one of the longer routes around the garden. Each hill comes with its own reward - like the camellia terrace, dedicated to former resident Princess Charlotte of Augusta and her prince, its winter blooms chasing away the seasonal blues. Don't forget to head to the top of the amphitheatre to take in a sweeping view of the 49-acre estate and beyond.

Hot drinks and tasty treats

Our café is a bright, warm haven of welcome with warming drinks and hearty treats to see you through the colder months.

Adventures for children

Follow the wooded path up the hill opposite the amphitheatre and you'll come across Badgers Basecamp, a den building adventure site, perfect for little people to explore and create their own magical shelter.

It's a steep path though. so if you have younger children and a pushchair, then the play area is best. It's filled with miniature versions of features in Claremont's garden and is the perfect place for them to let off some steam.

Person holding a hot drink in their hands
Warm up at the Gardener's Bothy cafe with hot drinks and tasty treats. | © National Trust/William Shaw
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