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A star is born!

By on November 28, 2012

The star of Tatton’s farm nativity this Christmas will certainly be 3 month old baby Donkey, Huw, who is Tatton Park’s first every donkey foal and aptly has a quirky star marking on his forehead. He is a lovely big ball of fluff and can’t wait to meet visitors over the festive season.

Huw will be joined by other friendly faces at the farm including Tatton’s very own reindeer Prancer and Dancer who will be `flying in’ to greet visitors along with Huw’s mum, Seren (welsh for ‘star’!) and his companion donkey, Frosty.  The donkeys and reindeer will have starring roles in the farm’s Christmas activities and will take centre stage in the traditional live nativity, where specially-selected farm animals are stabled around the nativity scene. People can be sure of a warm reception from all of the farm residents, both old and new.

Lots of festive activities are included in a visit to Tatton’s farm this Christmas.  Storyteller Honor Giles will weave winter magic with seasonal tales and Aunty Mary will be keeping warm in the cottage, making Christmas decorations with visitors who can paint their own in the schoolroom and take them home. Children’s entertainers will sprinkle some Christmas cheer and children will be able to `have a go’ on a traditional merry-go-round (for a small charge).

Visitors to Home Farm can also see Santa’s spectacular sleigh, lovingly crafted by Tatton’s National Trust volunteers and enjoy live music gathered around the farm’s nativity stable

Father Christmas’s arrival at Tatton during the Lantern Parade (Dec 7th) is a wonderful occasion and Tatton staff and their animals are asking as many people to join them in giving him a really big welcome by lighting his route with lanterns and guiding his sleigh through the twighlight parkland to Tatton’s festive stableyard.

Father Christmas will then spend Christmas with his elves in his grotto at the farm, busy preparing to say hello to children on the weekends of December 8th/9th, 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd.  All children will receive a special Christmas gift from Father Christmas and his elves in his magical grotto.

Farm manager Jayne Chapman said: “Expect a wonderful ‘muletide’ greeting from our new donkey Huw, and a hearty welcome from our reindeer. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for us and it’s fantastic to see all good boys and girls meeting Father Christmas and enjoying our festively-dressed farm!

Father Christmas at the Farm takes place on the weekends of December 8th/9th, 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd. Times: 11am-4pm, last entry 3pm. Prices: Adult £5.50, Child £4.50.  Prices apply to National Trust members. The usual park entry charge of £5 per car applies. All paying children receive a free gift from Father Christmas.

The Farm will also be open between Christmas and New Year for non-Father Christmas activities from Wednesday December 26th to Tuesday January 1st when activities such as donkey grooming and painting a picture will take place.

  • A magical twilight Lantern Parade to light Father Christmas’s arrival at Tatton takes place on Friday, December 7th. Commences 6pm.  Free entry to Tatton Park and to the event.
  • Lantern-making workshops take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd from noon-4pm. Workshop admission free. Park entry charge of £5 per car applies.
  • Christmas hat making sessions take place on the weekends of December 8th/9th, 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd noon to 4pm. Free event, park entry charge of £5 per car applies

For complete details of Christmas events please visit www.tattonpark.org.uk

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