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Top Santa's Grottos in the UK Christmas holiday ideas in the UK: Top 20 Santas Grottos

Monday, 15, Nov 2010 02:21

If you're looking for Christmas holiday ideas for the family here are the top 20 Santa's grottos at National Properties around the UK this December.

With Christmas fast approaching Santa is bound to be getting busy, but he's promised to make some special stop-offs in his hectic festive schedule.

Across England, Wales and Northern Ireland many of the National Trust's houses and gardens will be helping Santa with amazing locations for his grottos; from atmospheric woods and ancient forests to castle towers and historic courtyards, these enchanting grottos will fill the whole family with Christmas cheer.

Here are the top 20 Santa's grottos...

Powis Castle and Garden, Powys

Join Santa for an Edwardian Christmas in Powis Castle, which will be traditionally dressed with festive decorations. Santa's Castle Grotto will be open 20-21, 27-28 November and 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19 December from 13:00 to 15:00. Booking is not required but tickets cost £2. For more information call 01938 551929.

Florence Court, County Fermanagh

Meet Santa and Mrs Claus in the basement of this charming Georgian house and enjoy the amazing Christmas spectacle. The Magical Christmas grotto at Florence Court will be open 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19 December from 12:00 to 19:30. Booking is essential and adult tickets cost £5 and children £10. For more information call 028 6634 8249.

Sudbury Hall and National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire

Join the jolly jingle trail where guests will be serenaded by delightful seasonal sounds as they search for the nativity scene. Sudbury's special Christmas weekends will be on 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19 December from 11:00 to 17:00 and you can pay a visit to Father Christmas in his Toyland grotto from 11:00 - 15.30 where a present will be waiting for all the good boys and girls. Normal admission charges apply plus an additional event charge of £4 per child to visit Father Christmas. Booking is not required and you can call 01283 585337 for more information.

Ham House and Garden, Surrey

For a magical Christmas experience, join Ham House for a festive family sing along concert. The family carol concerts will be on 4, 11 and 18 December at 16:30 and Father Christmas will pay a special visit to give out presents to all the children. Booking is essential and adult tickets cost £16 and children £9. For more information call 0844 249 1895.

Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex

In this beautiful house, there will be decorations and lots of exciting Christmas craft activities for children, perfectly rounded off with a visit to see Father Christmas. Family Christmas events at Uppark will be on 4-5 and 12 December from 11:00 to 15:00. Booking is not required but adult tickets cost £3.50 and children £5.50. National Trust members go free. For more information call 01730 825 415.

Erddig, Wrexham

Enjoy a traditional Christmas market and find those extra special presents and unusual stocking fillers. Discover picturesque wooden chalets and over thirty stalls offering hand crafted gifts. Hear festive live music and enjoy tasty food and drink, plus Father Christmas will be in his winter wonderland, complete with toy workshop. The Christmas market and Father Christmas winter wonderland will be on 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19 December from 10:00 to 17:00. It costs £2 for adults and £4 for children to enter the Winter Wonderland. Booking is not required but please arrive early to ensure you get your ticket to visit Father Christmas. For more information call 01978 355314.

Belton House, Lincolnshire

Meet Santa in the beautifully decorated stables where the Christmas story began. The Santa in the Stables events will run on 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19 December from 12:00 to 15:00. Booking is not required but tickets cost £3.50. For more information call 01476 566116.

East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire

Come and enjoy a magical visit to Santa's grotto in this cosy Hall. Good girls and boys will receive a special gift from Santa. Santa's Grotto at East Riddlesden Hall will be open 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19 December. Normal admission charges apply and it costs an extra £4 per child to visit Santa. Booking is essential and you can call 01535 607075 for more information.

Washington Old Hall, Tyne & Wear

Excited girls and boys waiting to visit Santa will be entertained with Christmas crafts and face painting. The tearoom will be open too. Santa's visit to Washington Old Hall is scheduled for 5 and 12 December from 11:00 to 16:00. Booking is essential and tickets cost £7.50 per child. For more information call 0191 4166879.

Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire

Visit Santa at the fireside in the festive farmhouse kitchen and receive a small Christmas decoration made by his elves. Enjoy the nativity scene with Pudding the donkey and then take a train ride together. Santa at the Farm at Shugborough will be on December 11th from 10:00 to 16:00. Booking is essential with adult tickets costing £3.50 and children £5.50 (children under three not visiting Santa are free). For more information call 0845 459 8900.

Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire

Get into the festive spirit by listening to the brass band playing traditional Christmas carols in the Stable Courtyard amidst the scent of mulled wine and roast chestnuts, while Father Christmas hands out special presents from his grotto. Christmas in the Stable Courtyard at Wimpole Hall will be on 11-12 December from 11:00 to 16:00. Normal admission charges apply plus an additional event charge of £3 per child to visit Father Christmas. Booking is not required and you can call 01223 206000 for more information.

Dunster Castle, Somerset

Visit Father Christmas in his enchanting Castle grotto at Dunster Castle and receive a special present. Father Christmas at the Castle will be on 11-12 December from 11:00 to 15:00. Booking is not required but a visit to Santa's grotto will cost £4 per child. For more information call 01643 821314.

Wightwick Manor and Gardens, West Midlands

Bring the children along to visit Father Christmas in this beautiful manor house grotto, where they will receive a special free gift. Father Christmas at Wightwick Manor will be on 11-12 and 18-19 December from 11:00 to 16.30. Booking is not required but child tickets cost £4 and accompanying adults 50p. For more information call 01902 761400.

Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire

Follow the festive trail to find Santa in his secret garden grotto waiting to hear what the girls and boys want for Christmas. Santa at Biddulph Grange will be on 11-12 and 18-19 December from 11.30 to 15:00. Booking is not required and normal admission charges apply. For more information call 01782 517999.

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

Come and see Oxburgh Hall in all its festive splendour, dressed for a traditional family Christmas. Children can enjoy craft activities and a storyteller in the afternoon, plus Santa will be paying a special visit too. Christmas at Oxburgh is on 11-12 and 18-19 December from 11:00 to 18:00. Enjoy musical entertainment in the early evening, including courtyard carols around the tree from 16:00. Don't forget to indulge yourself with hot chestnuts, mince pies and mulled wine and pop to the gift shop for some last minute shopping. Adult tickets are £5 and children £2 plus an extra £3 to meet Santa and his elves (includes present) from 11:00. Free admission to the garden and estate. Traditional turkey dinner available from 12:00 to 14:00. Booking is not required and you can call 01366 328258 for more information.

Castle Drogo, Devon

Return to the 1930s for this popular event with its wonderful Christmas atmosphere. See parts of the Castle traditionally decorated and visit Father Christmas in his fantastic grotto where children can receive a special present. Christmas at Drogo Castle is on 11-12 and 18-23 December from 11:00 to 16:00. Winter admission prices apply plus an additional event charge of £2 per child to visit Father Christmas, including National Trust members. Booking is not required and you can call 01647 433306 for more information.

Sutton House, London

The last chance to visit Father Christmas at this original Tudor house before enjoying a good old fashioned sing along to your festive favourites. Christmas carols and Santa's grotto at Sutton House is on December 18th from 17:00 to 18:15. Booking is advisable and adult tickets are £5 and children £2.50. For more information call 020 8986 2264.

Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Enter the magical world of Santa's grotto in the stables of this spectacular Georgian house and then take a family walk through Britain's largest Winter Garden. Father Christmas comes to Dunham Massey on 18-19 December from 12:00 to 15:00. Booking is not required and normal admission charges apply. For more information call 0161 9411025.

Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire

Take part in the exciting '12 Days of Christmas' trail that leads to Santa's enchanting grotto. Santa will be bringing two extra special guests with him - his friendly reindeer. The festive trail and last chance Santa at Hidcote Manor Garden is on 18-19 December from 13:00 to 15:00. Booking is not required and all tickets are £3, includes trail and photograph. For more information call 01386 438333.

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Don't miss Santa as his sleigh stops at this magnificent mansion with presents for all the children. You can meet Father Christmas on December 19th from 13:00 to 16:00. Normal admission charges apply plus an additional event charge of £5 per child to visit Father Christmas. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is not required and you can call 01747 841152 for more information.

For more information on National Trust events, please visit the National Trust website.

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