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Christmas at Dinefwr

Christmas tree in the front hall of Newton House at Dinefwr, Camarthenshire, Wales
Christmas tree in the front hall of Newton House | © National Trust Images/Heather Birnie

Feel the warmth of festive family days and enjoy adventures on the Dinefwr Estate with friends this winter. Find out what's on over festive season, from the excitement of the Dinefwr Christmas fair to the traditional Mari Lwyd event and bracing winter walks enjoying the beauty of the ancient parkland.

Christmas at Dinefwr

The wonder of the Dinefwr Christmas Fair 24, 25 and 26 November, 10am to 4pm

Step back in time and immerse yourself in a delightful woodland Christmas at Newton House, Dinefwr. Soak in the Christmas spirit with carol singers, choirs and musicians and shop for a huge range of artisan treats at the dozens of local producer stalls in the marquees.

This year Newton house will be brimming with sustainable festive decorations. The much-loved Creatures of Dinefwr tree returns, with new additions from the artist Bettina Reeves. There will be five community decorated Christmas trees dotted around the house decked with lights and small creatures to create a fascinating web of life and highlight the importance of the more unusual wild residents of Dinefwr estate.

Christmas is not Christmas without a visit to Sion Corn (Father Christmas in Wales). At Dinefwr the elves have been very busy making his grotto a magical and beautiful place full of wonder, and a few surprises, for those who believe. Santa’s grotto opens the weekend of the Christmas Fair and can be booked on arrival.

Parking: During the Christmas Fair a Park and Ride service will be available from Home Farm. Blue badge holders will be parked in the usual main car park at Newton House.

Full details of the Dinefwr Christmas Fair can be found here

Visitors reading Christmas wishes on a tree at Dinefwr, Camarthenshire, Wales
Visitors reading Christmas wishes on a tree at Dinefwr | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Newton House is open every weekend so come and enjoy the unique and sustainable festive decorations that create a magical visit throughout December.

Visit Santa's Grotto

Every weekend from the 2 - 17 December. Booking essential.

Book your slot to meet Santa in his magical grotto and receive an early Christmas gift.

Shopping and Eating

For the Christmas Fair the courtyard and frontage will be full of stallholders and producers selling a range of tasty treats and Christmas crafts, from wood carving to whisky, jam to jewellery there is bound to be something for everyone.

Our café will be open every weekend offering a festive light bites menu and hot and cold drinks.

Mari Lwyd festive performance at Newton House, Dinefwr, Wales
Mari Lwyd festive performance at Newton House, Dinefwr | © National Trust Images Paul Harris.jpg

The Mari Lwyd

22 and 29 December.

Join us for a warming drink, music, and a mischievous Mari in this fun Welsh tradition. When Mari and her group get to Newton House, they will sing Welsh language songs or wassails, and indulge in a ritual called pwnco: an exchange of rude rhymes with the person who lives there. If the Mari and her gang get entry, the household is said to have good luck for the year. The Mari is well-known to be mischievous – trying to steal things and the chase people she likes – as she goes about her bidding. Wear suitable shoes and cosy clothes.

Winter walks

Escape into nature and enjoy the fresh winter landscape at Dinefwr this festive season.

Discover the wellbeing of a winter walk and take a moment to pause on crisp winter mornings to watch the wildlife of Dinefwr, and even catch sight of our herd of Fallow deer.

The front entrance at Newton House, Dinefwr

Discover more at Dinefwr

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

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