Christmas at Watersmeet

Stack of Christmas mince pies

A few bracing walks are a vital part of a perfect Christmas to balance all that wonderful food, drink and the time with your feet up in front of the fire. We have the ideal destination and scenic walks. If you're looking for something festive for all the family, new for 2018 we're also running a Christmas Trail from Watersmeet.

Come and see us at Watersmeet House this Christmas
Watersmeet House and river in the snow
Come and see us at Watersmeet House this Christmas

Christmas opening at Watersmeet House

The tea-room will be open every weekend throughout November and December, and then every day from Wednesday 26 December through to Tuesday 1 January, 11am-3pm


A crisp winter’s day can be the perfect time to brush off the cobwebs and stretch your legs on a refreshing winter walk. Numerous trails criss-cross the beautiful valley passing Watersmeet, many of which are available to download from the website. Park at Countisbury and make Watersmeet your lunchtime stop or opt for something a little gentler with a stroll from Watersmeet up the East Lyn river.

Eating and drinking

The catering team have developed a special ‘winter warmer’ menu to entice walkers to this secluded spot, including warming hot chocolate, Fairtrade teas and coffees, seasonal soups and homemade cakes. Watch the winter wildlife from the picturesque terrace overlooking the river, or snuggle inside where there will be extra indoor seating for those less willing to brave the cold.


There will also be a small selection of seasonal gifts to browse whilst you enjoy your tea – from children’s stocking fillers to cosy rugs, local food to Christmas decorations. Gift membership is also available as a special present for friends or family – which not only gives free entry and parking at over 300 historic houses, gardens and countryside places, but also helps the National Trust look after the stunning scenery you’ve enjoyed.

We've also got a cosy second hand bookshop, with an ever-changing range of good quality second hand books and comfy armchairs to curl up in with a mug of coffee. We're always looking for donations

Watersmeet Christmas Trail

There's also fun for the children with our new Christmas trail. Brave the chill for an adventure through the valley where the Hoar Oak water and the East Lyn river meet. Available from the tea-room during opening hours.

22-30 December 2018, 11am-3pm. Free, donations welcome.