We visit the grounds regularly to walk the dog and over the last few weeks have watched the transformation of the parkland into a fairytale-themed Christmas trail and couldn’t wait to take a proper look ourselves.
Entry to the fairytale trail is by times ticket only, so prebooking is essential. This ensures that you only enter the house as part of a small group and have enough time and space to look round the exhibits properly. Normal admission charges apply but there is no additional cost for the Christmas trail so it’s completely free to members!
Each room in the house is based on a different traditional tale, with clever themed touches and loads of festive style and sparkle. There is a small gingerbread man to spot in each display which, along with all the other fun and details, kept
my children engaged and amused the whole way round.
There is a set order to visit each room and signs and room guides will help you find your way. The trail takes you up and downstairs so buggies need to be left by the entrance and a sling is useful for littler ones.
Before finishing the inside element of the trail there is a large playroom complete with dressing up outfits suitable for all ages and sizes – we spent a very long time in here while the children (ok, maybe not just them…!) chopped and changed outfits and the baby had a welcome crawl about before we got wrapped up warmly ready for the outside part of the fun!
The whole family had a really lovely time exploring the house. The baby was fascinated by the lights, glitter and sparkle of the beautifully dressed trees and fireplaces and was more than happy to gaze at the disco balls and light projectors while we helped the older ones find the gingerbread man and read the stories. The older ones were able to appreciate the subtler jokes and touches and loved that Rapunzel’s hair comes down the stairs!
It was really magical experience for us all and we came away feel truly festive!