If you want to stir away from the madness that will be Black Friday weekend, the National Trust have you covered. There are plenty of things to do! We got in touch with the charity to see what they had on, and boy are they keeping busy! Here are some cooking and craft workshops you can get stuck in between the 19th and 27th November. Stay tuned for the plethora of walks you can go on this winter.
Get into the festive spirit by joining one of the National Trust’s food and craft workshops.
Families can choose from a variety of fun activities, from stirring up the Christmas pudding and decorating festive jumpers to creating glittery lanterns and sparkly baubles.
Or for the more outdoorsy, why not head outside to try out some ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ activities, with wild art and campfire cooking.
There’s plenty on offer for adults too, with artisan workshops ranging from creating wreaths and candles to learning traditional baking methods. Every one of these workshops will help you take home something inspired by beautiful surroundings.
Every visit to one of these places helps the National Trust’s work as a charity to look after special places, for ever, for everyone.
Events taking place on or around 25th November
Belton House, Lincolnshire
Christmas Crafts, 19 – 20, 26 – 27 November, 3 – 4, 10 – 11, 17 – 18 December, times vary depending on workshops – check website
Belton House in Lincolnshire is going all out for Christmas crafts this year. From wreath, garland and lantern making to design your own Christmas cards and a festive mural, there’ll be more than enough to delight all the artists in your family! For some outdoors activity, why not pick up a photographer’s trail to guide you through the gardens with your camera, or see if you can spot some of Rudolph’s distant cousins grazing out in the parkland?
Price: £3.50 applies to some workshops only (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01476 566116 or visit the website.
Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Stir-Up Sunday, 20 November, 11am – 3pm
Stir-Up Sunday is one of the traditional ways a Christmas pudding is made. Help the cook add the tasty Christmas ingredients and learn some tips and tricks for making a tasty pudding at home. Finally, help give the pudding a stir and make a wish, before taking home a mini Christmas pudding to enjoy yourself. Explore the hidden treasures and trinkets on a wander through the palatial house built just after the English Civil War, or head outdoors to play on the crisp winter lawns.
Price: £2.50 (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 01202883402 or visit the website.
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Yorkshire
Woolly Winter Workshop, 26 November – 3 January, 11am – 3pm
Pop into Swanley Grange this winter to make a woolly decoration to take home. Discover the story of the abbey’s link to the wool trade while you’re getting crafty and check out the sheep who are staying cosy in the winter weather with their woolly fleeces.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply).
For more information, please call 01765 608888 or visit the website.
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, East Sussex
Christmas wreath making, 27 November, 1pm – 3pm
Kick off the festive season with this wreath making workshop at the beautiful Birling Gap. Using locally harvested materials from the site’s habitat management work, make a natural decoration to show off on your front door. All materials are included in the cost, but if you wish to indulge your fancy for all things sparkly bring along your own baubles and decoration to add to the festive feel. Afterwards why not make the most of your visit and take a wind-swept walk along this coastline cared for by the National Trust.
Price: £15 (normal admission charges apply) Booking essential
For more information, please call 01323 423197 or visit the website.
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Tyne & Wear
Get Crafty – Christmas jumpers, 26 – 27 November, 11am – 4pm
It’s almost Christmas so time to dig those much-loved Christmas jumpers out… or create a new one! Head to this atmospheric lighthouse cared for by the National Trust to design and create a new addition to your winter wardrobe, or even a unique Christmas gift for a lucky loved one. Will it be brighter than Rudolph’s nose or festive chic?
For more information, please call 0191 5290909 or visit the website.
Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire
Needle felting workshop, 26 November, 11am – 3pm
Add a touch of magic to your Christmas by making your very own festive decoration at the historic Chedworth Roman Villa. Learn the art of needle felting and make something special to take home. All materials and a tasty seasonal lunch will be included. Make the most of your visit and explore these fascinating roman ruins cared for by the National Trust.
Price: £35 Booking essential – book online or call 0844 2491895.
For more information, please call 01242 890256 or visit the website.
Dunham Massey, Cheshire
Twigtwisters Willow Workshop, 24 November, 10am – 3pm
Spend time with friends or family and create some unique willow sculptures to decorate your home with this Christmas. You could create a willow star for the Christmas tree, or a willow reindeer to delight the kids. Or anything else that takes your fancy. The workshop will be run by willow sculptor Sarah Gallagher-Hayes and is suitable for all levels. A delicious seasonal lunch is included.
For more information and booking, please call 0161 941 1025 or visit the website.
Speke Hall, Garden and Estate, Liverpool
Christmas Decorating Workshops, 23 & 24 November, 1pm – 2.30pm
The beautiful leylandii garlands are the highlight of the traditional decorations at Speke Hall every year. Join volunteer florist Rosemary Brice at a special workshop to learn how to make a fresh leylandii garland of your own. With over 100 branches and complete with decorations and ribbon, your garland will look beautiful hanging over the mantelpiece or draped over the door way and will fill your home with the scent of Christmas.
Price: £18, booking essential
For more information and booking, please call 0151 427 7231 or visit the website.