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Christmas events at stately homes in Derbyshire and the Peak District

10:20 08 December 2015

Hardwick Hall (National Trust)

Hardwick Hall (National Trust)


A look at the festive themes and exciting events in store for visitors to the county’s great houses and stately homes

Haddon Hall Chapel  Photo: Ian DaisleyHaddon Hall Chapel Photo: Ian Daisley

Calke Abbey

Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Star. Sat 5 Dec – Sun 20 Dec (Sat & Sun only), 12noon-6.30pm. (Last tickets sold at 5.30pm). Explore the grounds and the house on a Christmas star trail. See the glittering grotto and decorated church. Enjoy children’s crafts, listen to seasonal music and visit Father Christmas in his grotto. Father Christmas £4.50 (incl present – last entry at 5.30pm). Calke Abbey Christmas weekends are vibrant and fun for the family as the House and Pleasure Grounds are lit up as darkness begins to fall in the afternoon. The Parkland is peaceful and provides a great chance to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations. Christmas craft show from 5th-13th Dec (Sat and Sun only). Call 01332 863822 or see

Eyam Hall

Hall and garden open on various dates throughout December, 10.30am-3.30pm. Shop open daily 10.30am-4.30pm (excluding Christmas Day). Step back in time with the Wright family, who have been celebrating Christmas at Eyam Hall for eleven generations. See the hall decked with evergreens, hear festive music and delve into the family recipe book. Wreath making workshop on 5th Dec. Food market from 12th-13th Dec. Call 01433 639565 or view

Hardwick Hall

Christmas Memories at Hardwick, Sat 28 Nov-Sun 20 Dec, 10.30am–3.30pm (house), 9am–6pm (gardens). Discover traditions of the past and create new memories of your own at Hardwick this year. Enjoy the House and Gardens dressed in their festive best and treat yourself to tasty delights in the restaurant. Christmas crafts Sat 28 Nov – Sun 20 Dec. Call 01246 858400 or see

Kedleston Hall

Share a magical Christmas at Kedleston this festive season. Enjoy the lavish decorations, joyful carol singing and merry music, along with tonnes of twinkling lights and more Christmas Trees than you can shake a pine cone at. Or simply relax and warm yourself by a crackling fire. Family events include Food and Gift Fair 28th-29th Nov and breakfast with Father Christmas (5th and 22nd Dec). Mulled Wine and Pudding Walk with head gardener on 3rd and 10th Dec, 1.30pm. Call 01332 842191 or see

Sudbury Hall

It’s all about a homemade Christmas at Sudbury. Be inspired by the crafts and homemade decorations in the Museum and Hall. Take home ideas on what to make and how to create your own special decorations to adorn your home. See the Hall dressed for Christmas, visit Father Christmas in his grotto and enjoy seasonal craft activities including wreath-making 3rd-11th Dec (Thurs and Fri only). Tea with Father Christmas 5th-20th Dec (Sat and Sun only, 5.30pm-6pm). Hall open 3 December to 20 December, Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 5pm, last entry at 4.15pm. On 21 and 22 December, the Tea Room and Gift Shop will be open from 10am to 4pm, and the Museum from 11am to 4pm, last entry 3.15pm. Call 01283 585337 or see

Ilam Park

A Countryside Christmas, Sun 6 Dec, 11am-4pm. Make a reindeer or a wreath, toast marshmallows over a fire and celebrate Christmas in the countryside. Christmas Tree sales from 6th-20th Dec (Sat & Sun only), 10-4pm. Buy a Christmas tree and your contribution goes to support conservation work at Longshaw, Ilam Park and Dovedale.


Christmas Tree Crafts, Sat 12 Dec & Sun 13 Dec, 10.30am-3.30pm. Venture into the warmth of the Moorland Discovery Centre to make unique decorations for your Christmas tree and stay on Saturday for carol singing at 4.30pm. Christmas Tree Sales Sat 28th Nov - Sun 20 Dec, 10am-4pm. Buy a quality Christmas tree from us. Your contribution goes to support conservation work at Longshaw, Ilam Park and Dovedale.

Renishaw Hall

Open for public tours on 9th, 12th, 13th and 16th Dec. Group tours available daily from 9th-16th Dec, pre-booking essential for both. Home to the Sitwell family for almost 400 years, the house will be dressed simply but tastefully for Christmas, with fires roaring and expert guides taking you around the highlights of the family’s collection. Call 01246 432 310 or see

Tissington Hall

What The Dickens!? open 16th Nov-6th Dec for group tours, advance booking only. Open to the public Saturdays and Sunday 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th Nov and 5th, 6th Dec from 11.30am-3pm. Paying homage to the ingenious works of Charles Dickens, Christmas scenes will include the ravaged rooms of Great Expectations, the bed chamber of Ebeneezer Scrooge and a classic Victorian parlour.

Call 01335 352200 or see

Haddon Hall

Twelve Days of Christmas, 5th-16th Dec. Drawing inspiration from the traditional festive carol, Haddon will feature everything from ‘pipers piping’ to ‘ladies dancing’. The Hall will be festooned with swags of evergreens and natural decorations, enhanced by roaring log fires. Call 01629 812 855 or see

Casterne Hall

Candlelit Christmas tours with mulled wine and delicious teas on 11th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th Dec at 3pm. £15 per person. Booking essential. Contact 01335 310489, email or see


7 November 2015-3 January 2016 (closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January). Celebrate Christmas at Chatsworth with Mr Toad. Journey through scenes of the much loved Kenneth Grahame classic The Wind in the Willows this Christmas, and share the adventures of Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger as they celebrate Christmas at Toad Hall. Experience a magical evening tour through Christmas at Chatsworth this year as we will stay open late on Thursdays and Fridays from 26 November - 18 December 2015. This year Chatsworth is operating a timed ticketing system for the house during Christmas to reduce queuing times. Book online in advance to secure a selected entry time –


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