Christmas at Croft Castle
Experience a traditional Christmas at Croft this year with twinkling trees and cosy décor inside the castle and winter illuminations throughout the garden. Join in with festive carol singers on selected dates, meet Father Christmas and treat yourself to a seasonal treat and warming drink in the Carpenters tea-room.
Christmas opening dates
Saturday 18 November – Saturday 23 December
- From Monday 6 November, Croft Castle will move to winter opening. This means that on weekdays the castle will be open for guided tours only. The castle will be open as usual on weekends.
Wednesday 27 December - Sunday 7 January
- From Wednesday 27 December, the castle will be open daily. There will be no guided tours of the house during this time.
A Christmas mystery at Croft Castle
It's the 1920s and you are cordially to Croft Castle's Christmas party! Discover the castle decorated as it would have been 100 years ago, with twinkling trees, cosy décor, and handmade decorations created by our team of house volunteers.
As you explore, you may notice something amiss, but a priceless family heirloom has gone missing during the party preparation! As you wander around the castle, read through the signs and spot the different clues in each room to unravel this Christmas mystery and figure out who might be responsible for the missing heirloom.
Croft's 1920s childrens trail
From glittering decorations to favourite toys, discover how Christmas was celebrated 100 years ago. Follow this festive trail around the gardens and discover Christmas in the 1920s at Croft Castle.
This trail will be running from 18 November to 7 January. Trails cost £3 per child and include a bag, colouring sheet, colouring pencils, and a prize.
Other festive events
- The Carpenters tea-room will be offering warming treats and a cup of tea
- The parkland will be open from 10am to 4pm for frosty winter walks.
Illuminate 2023 has now finished
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Illuminate shows in 2023. We hope you enjoyed your visit and created lasting memories at Croft's after dark winter lights show!
Illuminate - winter lights show
Make your Christmas magical with an after-dark winter lights show at Croft Castle. Explore the castle, gardens, gothic arch and the church at night and see them magically illuminated like you've never seen before. Look out for a special sparkle in the ancient trees as they're lit up in the Christmas winter light show.
Indoors, the castle will be dressed for Christmas with greenery from the estate and hand-made decorations created by local community groups and the team of volunteers.
There will be a ‘glow arena’ for children to hula and skip the lights away and don't miss the variety of caterers offering seasonal fare each evening.
This event will be taking place on the following dates:
- Thursday 16 November
- Friday 17 November
- Saturday 18 November
- Thusday 23 November
- Friday 24 November
- Saturday 25 November
- Thursday 30 November
- Friday 01 December
- Saturday 02 December
Make your Christmas magical with our after dark winter lights show at Croft Castle in Herefordshire.
Explore 1,500 acres of wood, farm and parkland including the 'Picturesque' Fishpool Valley and an Iron Age hillfort at Croft Castle.
Tuck into some lunch and light bites in the Carpenter’s tea-room at Croft Castle, or visit the second-hand bookshop to find yourself a pre-loved classic.