12 Days of Christmas at Tatton Park

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There’s something really special happening at Tatton Park in Cheshire this Christmas. Their 12 Days at Tatton experience is now open and it is phenomenal!

There is lots to see and do between now end the end of the year. We went over the weekend to have a look for ourselves.

12 Days of Christmas at The Mansion

A magical place all year round, the Mansion will have an added sparkle this Christmas. Decorated with fresh foliage and greenery, it will be inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas with turtle doves, gold rings and ladies dancing. Music, laughter and secrets will weave through the grand state rooms and servants’ quarters with festive treats and seasonal craft and demonstrations on offer. Special Mansion ticket prices apply at £10 for adults and £6 for children.

Dates:
  • Tuesday 21st November to Sunday 3rd December
  • Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December
  • Friday 15th to Sunday 17th December
  • Saturday 23rd December

Gates are open 11am until 4pm, last entry 3pm.

The amount of work and thoughtful detail that has gone into this transformation is nothing short of brilliant. Rooms throughout the ground floor have been dressed to represent the twelve days of Christmas and the results are just wonderful.

Three French Hens

(Two of the) Seven Swans a Swimming

I took so many photos but they really can’t do the displays justice, and the mansion’s transformation needs to be seen with your own eyes.

Father Christmas at The Farm

The weather was bitterly cold on the day we visited Tatton Park so after being blown away by the beauty of their 12 Days of Christmas displays we skipped the gardens (a great excuse for another visit) and made our way over to see the big man himself.

A large part of the farm (and Tatton Park’s grou ds really) are cobblestoned so it is important to be aware of that if you’re taking a pushchair or wheelchair. Twice I almost tripped over the wheels of the pram so you really have to take care.

When we arrived at Home Farm we found a baby in a manger! Fancy that!

This was the lovely nativity scene set out in the stables. Just next to it, a brass band played carols and across from the band were two donkeys. It couldn’t have been any more Christmassy.

We wandered around the farm, stroking donkeys and learning about Shire Horses. We listened to the band, admired the waddling ducks and then headed up to Santa’s Grotto.

There is room insode the grotto to keep warm whilst queuing but we didn’t queue at all. As we went through the entrance we were greeted by a children’s entertainer who told some jokes and did some plate spinning with Robot. The boys had their faces decorated and we were ready to meet Father Christmas!

The boys all went in together and we chatted to Father Christmas for a few minutes. None of the boys knew what they wanted for Christmas this year so they promised to think about it and write a letter, before Santa gave each of them a gift and we left.

The grotto experience is a lovely one and the little extras such as the children’s entertainer and the face painting (and the complimentary chocolate coin!) make it special.

There is an additional charge to see Father Christmas at the Farm of 7.00 for adults and £6.50 for children (including a gift), which I think is pretty average now wherever you go.

This was the first time our youngest had met Father Christmas and he really wasn’t sure what to make of him. He stared for a moment and then began to back away! Daddy stepped in for reassurance – and a photo.

To book your tickets visit the Tatton Park website.

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