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Christmas at Upton House and Gardens

A Christmas dining table at Upton House and Garden, Warwickshire, is laid with a central platter of cheeses, decorated with silver grapes and a little mouse. Also on the table are a bottle of Champagne, glasses, a Christmas card from the National Trust saying 'We wish you a merry Christmas', and golden baubles.
Decadent Christmas dining table decorations at Upton House and Garden, Warks.jpg | © National Trust Images/Pete Cox

For Christmas 2023 we invited you to get into the festive spirit with a visit to Upton House and Gardens. The house was decorated with enchanting displays based around Aesop’s fables, with hidden clues for the Aesop’s Fables Cheeky Creature Christmas Quest. Festive events included a wreath-making workshop and an exclusive after dark visit to enjoy the decorations and meet some of the team behind the creations.

Christmas 2023 has now finished at Upton House and Gardens

The below is information for Christmas 2023. We hope you enjoyed all that we had on offer. Please check back here closer to Christmas 2024 when you will see updates of all the exciting plans we have in store for you.

Aesop's Fables - Christmas at Upton House and Gardens

Normal admission applies, please see here for dates and times.

Join us as we re-imagine Aesop's fables this Christmas. See the house decorated with enchanting displays of some of these ancient moral tales. From the story of the fox that cried ‘sour grapes’ to the vain jackdaw who pretended to be a peacock, each display is inspired by one of the 18th-century fable candlesticks from the Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory, in Upton’s collection. An exquisite set of illustrations encourages you to look closely at the fine detail of the fable sculptures, which provide their own delights.

Aesop's Fables Cheeky Creature Christmas Quest

£3 per child, normal admission applies. The winter quest will run from 12-3pm on the following dates: 11, 12, 13, 17 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 November and every day from 1 – 24 December.

Enjoy the house decorated with the theme of Aesop's Fables and pick up your cheeky creature activity pack upon arrival at Visitor Reception. Find the hidden clues with animals from the stories across the winter walk and the decorated rooms in the house. Which is your favourite fable? Warm up after in the Pavilion Cafe with plenty of snacks to tempt as well as light lunch options. The Gift Shop will have a range of seasonal stocking fillers including some Christmas books and decorations.

Christmas wreath-making at Upton

4 & 5 December, 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm, £40 per adult. Booking required. More information can be found here.

Learn how to make your own festive wreath in our small and friendly workshop.

We'll provide you with everything you need to make your wreath from start to finish, including greenery from the gardens. Light refreshments are included.

Aesop's Fables inspiration board and image of Peacock with Christmas tree in background, Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire
Aesop's Fables inspired Christmas decorations | © Fiona Millington Photography

Winter walking

Between November and March, visits to the garden are via the Winter Walk, which includes the hard footpath alongside the Mirror Pool and track through the woodland. Because of the location on the edge of an Ice Age valley, and the steepness of the historic grass paths, the grass wears away and the clay soil becomes compacted and waterlogged. This has serious implications for this much-loved garden and visitor safety.

The joy of the Winter Walk lies in the open views into the heart of the garden and to the surrounding countryside. Winter is also the perfect season to appreciate Upton’s historic cedars.

Normal admission applies. Please check the opening times for Upton House and Gardens over the winter.

New Year's Day walk

1 January, 10.30am - 12.30pm. Adult £12, Children £8. Booking in advacne required, more information and tickets here.

Start your new year with our guided walk around the Upton estate, spending a refreshing and stimulating couple of hours with an expert tour guide. This walk is well known for its fantastic views. Afterwards, warm up in the Pavilion café with a hot drink with a scone and butter.

The north front of Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire in summer

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Find out when Upton House and Gardens is open, how to get here, things to see and do and more.

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Christmas Day might be over, but there's still plenty to do at the places in our care. We'll be adding details of our Christmas 2024 events later in the year, so please check back closer to the time.