Traditional festive delights

Children will get to meet Father Christmas at Belton. EMN-141120-102258001
Children will get to meet Father Christmas at Belton. EMN-141120-102258001

A visit to Belton House this Christmas is all about enjoying the traditional delights of the festive season, celebrating everything most loved about this time of year.

Santa will be the special guest at Belton’s carol services in the Marble Hall on December 13 and 20, from 6-8pm, with mulled wine and mince pies, plus a gift from Father Christmas for children (Adult: £9.50, child: £6.50.). He will also be handing out gifts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December in the Stables (12noon – 3pm, timed tickets £3.50 including gift).

There’s also the chance for visitors to have breakfast with the man himself at a special event on December 19 and 22, 8–10am at The Ride. Ticket price includes breakfast and a gift for children (Adult: £6, child: £12.).

Follow the clues during December on the Yuletide Trail to find out more about Christmas and Yuletide traditions - £1.50 per trail. Visitors can also help to decorate Belton by adding to the garland of greenery, finding hidden jingle bells in the gardens and sharing Christmas wishes and traditions.

Families can enjoy St Nicholas and The Wishing Tree With The Fools Puppet Theatre Companie on Sunday November 30, 9.30am–4pm for a medley of games, music, dancing and drop-in puppet theatre through the day in the Cricket Pavilion. Members can do their Christmas shopping at a special evening on December 3 from 5–8pm. Enjoy complimentary mulled wine and tasters of local produce, local musicians and outdoor hot food bar.

For more information about booking, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house or call 01476 566116.