Once upon a time this Christmas at Hinton Ampner and Uppark, National Trust
Hinton Ampner opens its doors this Christmas and invites you in to marvel at Brothers Grimms Fairy Tale Christmas, 2 – 23 December, £2 per children’s Advent calendar trail (closed 24 & 25 December)
This Christmas, the ground floor show rooms of this beautiful country house are transformed into scenes from classic fairy tales such as Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Red Riding Hood. This year’s show was inspired by Hinton’s former owner Ralph Dutton, who would invite the village children up to the house at Christmas for festive storytelling and puppet shows. Alongside the sparkle you’ll discover magnificent floral displays created by Hinton’s volunteer florists, and Hinton’s famous miniature mice, in fairy tale fancy dress costumes. An outdoor family trail has 25 fairy tale secrets to discover, hidden behind Advent Calendar boxes (£2 per trail).
Blow away the post-Christmas cobwebs and enjoy a classic English landscape, on one of our guided winter walks, let by head gardener John Wood. 27 December and 1 January, 1 – 3pm, £10, book on 0344 249 1895. We’ve also got four self-guided walks for you to enjoy. Download them from our website or pick up details when you arrive.
This Christmas Uppark welcomes you join the Victorian Country House Christmas Party, 2 – 31 December (closed 24 & 25 December)
Lady Featherstonhaugh has just hosted one of her famous country house parties – a lavish feast to celebrate the festive season. Come ‘below stairs’ and you’ll discover how servants of a country house like Uppark celebrated Christmas in the Victorian era. If you sneak up to the ground floor you’ll see the excesses enjoyed by the family in the dining room. Meet some of the ‘servants’ too – intricately detailed paper mannequins designed and created by artist Denise Watson of Delicarta. At weekends there’ll be real servants on hand to greet you.
Our new outdoor family trail takes kids on a fun adventure into the world of Victorian festive foods and traditions (£2 per child).