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It’s Christmas time once again at Coughton Court! Visit this Tudor mansion from November 25 to December 3 and see how the Throckmorton family celebrates this festive season.
Now on its 8th year, the annual winter festival promises visitors loads of merrymaking that’s surely going to make everyone feel the Christmas spirit. For nine days, Coughton Court, popular for its garden, walking trails and diverse wildlife such as birds, badgers and deer, is dressed for the holiday season. Adorning the mansion are handmade, traditional decorations, including a floor to ceiling Christmas tree. Expect Christmas carols to fill the air as school and local choirs are going to sing by the fire. On top of all these, various festive activities await visitors, young and old.
On the weekends – November 25 & 26 and December 2 & 3, from 10 A.M. to 3:15 P.M., Father Christmas is going to be around. Your children can spend time with him for a small fee.
Haven’t started shopping for gifts yet? Don’t worry as there’s a Christmas market at Coughton Court also on the weekends from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Stalls offering food, drink and unique finds are going to be set up at the stable yard. This is a good place to kickstart your Christmas shopping!
Find more gift options at the Coach House Shop which offers seasonal items and yummy treats. If you get hungry during your visit, you can proceed to the Kitchen Café for something to eat and drink. Treat yourself to a warm bowl of soup or some sandwiches and perhaps, a cup of coffee or tea.
Although the winter festival ends on December 3, there are still other Christmas activities at Coughton Court like the Christmas Wassail on December 9 & 10. Listen to Christmas stories and carols from the Birmingham Crescent Theatre while enjoying some mince pie and mulled wine. In between performances, you can check out the National Trust Shop if you are in search of Christmas presents. Performance schedules per day are as follows: 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. to 10 P.M.
Coughton Court opens at 10 A.M. Slots are limited so it’s best to book your visit early. The ideal time to experience the winter festival is on a weekday since the place can get very busy on weekends.
Image Attribution: By Barry Skeates from newbury, UK (Coughton Court) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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