Festive family fun at Petworth House

Christmas decoration available at National Trust shops. �NTPL/David Levenson SUS-141021-113719001

Christmas decoration available at National Trust shops. �NTPL/David Levenson SUS-141021-113719001

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This winter, the National Trust’s Petworth House in West Sussex is offering an imaginative programme of seasonal delights for all ages, mixing festive favourites with exciting new experiences.

Petworth House Christmas fair: Get your Christmas all wrapped up at the Petworth House Christmas fair and find the perfect gifts for all your friends and family.

There are four marquees filled with festive treats as well as the National Trust shop. After buying gifts for everyone else, treat yourself to a warming glass of mulled wine or tasty lunch in the restaurant. £5 adults (to include NT members) children are free.

A Country House Christmas: From December, the sumptuous state rooms at Petworth House will be styled to evoke an era of faded decadence and eccentricity. Inspired by period issues of Country Life magazine, this magnificent 17th-century mansion will present five rooms dressed for a vintage-style country house Christmas, with a Great British twist. You’ll step into a welcoming atmosphere of log fires and wellingtons, warm tweed rugs and evergreen trees. Even on the chilliest of Winter days, Petworth House will be sure to leave visitors with a warm seasonal glow.

£5 per adult (NT members and children free). 6 Dec to 2 Jan, 11am - 3pm (closed 24 and 25 Dec).

All I Want for Christmas and Meet Father Christmas: There is also plenty of fun for younger visitors to Petworth House this Christmas, including a fun puzzle trail through the grounds, and an opportunity to meet Father Christmas.

The ‘All I Want For Christmas’ trail encourages young adventurers to explore the Pleasure Grounds to find out who wants what for Christmas. Once the puzzle has been unravelled, children have the opportunity to write their own letter to Father Christmas and post it to the North Pole. £3 to include a small prize. 13 Dec – 24 Dec 10.30am – 3pm.

Father Christmas will be at Petworth on the weekends of 13 & 14, 20 & 21 Dec, 11am-3pm. He’ll be waiting in his evergreen grotto to find out who’s been naughty or nice. £5 per child to include small gift.

Gingerbread Snowman: Families will also have the chance to work off some energy throughout Christmas by following Cook’s Baking Trail in the Pleasure Grounds. All the ingredients for her special gingerbread recipe have been lost in the grounds; will you find them and write them down so you can make your very own Gingerbread Snowman at home? 26 Dec – 2 Jan 10.30am – 3pm. £3 to include small prize

For further details of dates and prices, please call 01798 342207 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth

Report and pictures contributed by the National Trust.