by Charlotte van Praagh, 1st December 2021
A visit to one of Wales’ National Trust properties will get you into the festive spirit quicker than you can say ‘Bob Cratchit’
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at National Trust Cymru’s special places, as these castles, mansions, gardens and estates are getting decked out in their festive finery, hosting seasonal fairs and serving up yummy Yuletide treats.
The grand properties owned by the conservation charity are renowned for their Christmas cheer, and this year will be as extravagant as ever, with ornate decorations, twinkling lights, towering trees inside and out, wintry walks through frosty gardens and plenty of opportunities for present buying.
In addition, some properties will be pushing the festive boat out even more. Chirk Castle will boast a clutch of themed Christmas trees; there’ll be ‘Baking in the Victorian Kitchen’ at Penrhyn Castle in Bangor; you can try your hand at festive bushcraft at Plas Newydd House and Garden on Anglesey; visit Father Christmas in Erddig’s Reverse Grotto; or be enchanted by the winter wonderland scene in Powis Castle’s Long Gallery.
Those who want a break from all the festive mayhem, meanwhile, can retreat to the gardens and grounds where a range of routes – from gentle strolls to bracing hikes – offer fresh air, stunning scenery and, if we’re lucky, maybe even a magical dusting of snow.
With plenty to keep little ones entertained too – such as Percy the Park Keeper’s winter wander at nine of the properties, Christmassy crafts and a wicker woodland animals display – a visit to one of Wales’ National Trust properties is guaranteed to get the whole family into the festive swing of things.
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