Lighten up – (Father) Christmas is just around the corner!
Tatton Park is inviting everyone to join them in giving Father Christmas a very special welcome on the evening of Friday November 29 when he’ll be arriving at the Cheshire estate to spend Christmas at Home Farm.
They’re encouraging as many people as possible to come and light his route with lanterns through the twighlight parkland……truly magical.
Father Christmas will proceeed along a lantern-lit walk to Tatton’s Stableyard where star guests – the farm’s reindeer, Prancer and Dancer – will be waiting in anticipation. Children will also be able to post a Christmas wish-list and families can indulge in some Christmas shopping which this year includes a Christmas Gift Fair. The restaurant and new Gardener’s Cottage tea room will be open for festive food and drink.
There’s also the opportunity to ‘give a little back’ by donating any unwanted toys to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity, where they will find a very welcome home.
Father Christmas will be arriving just in the nick of time – for he starts four weekends at the farm the following day on Saturday, November 30. Visitors will be able to meet him and his elves in his grotto where he’ll have a sack full of presents with a gift for all children.
A trip to the farm this Christmas looks set to be a great festive day out for the family. All the farmyard animals are on show and some are the star attractions of the nativity scene. Lots of other festive activities will be taking place including storytelling by Honor Giles, weaving winter magic with seasonal tales and Aunty Mary keeping warm in the cottage and waiting for Christmas callers to help make handmade decorations to take home. The day will be topped off with live festive music and there’ll be festive food and drink to purchase.
Children can learn how to light Santa’s way in a free lantern making workshop in the main Stableyard barn room on Saturday and Sunday November 23 and 24. On the weekends of November 30/December 1, December 7/8 and 14/15 children can also take part in free festive hat making sessions in the stableyard barn room. Park entry charge applies for both these events.
Events manager, Bridget Roberts said: “Christmas at Tatton Park is always a truly magical time of year and our wonderful lantern parade is guaranteed to start the season off with an enchanting evening of sparkle and shimmer! We are hoping lots of families and friends will welcome Father Christmas and help us celebrate the start of this special season, a truly wonderful time for all ages.”
- The Lantern Parade takes place on Friday, November 29 from 6pm. Free entry to Tatton Park and to the event.
- Lantern-making workshops take place on Saturday & Sunday, November 23 and 24, noon – 4pm. Workshop admission free, Park entry charge of £5 per car applies.
- Festive hat making sessions take place on the weekends of November 30/December 1, December 7/8 and December 14/15 from noon to 4pm. Free event, park entry charge of £5 per car applies.
Father Christmas at the Farm takes place on the weekends of November 30/December 1, December 7/8, 14/15 and 21/22. Times 11am-4pm, last entry 3pm. Prices: Adult £6, Child £5. 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.