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5 reasons to visit Polesden Lacey this Christmas

Christmas is the time of year where beautiful historical buildings really shine, and this year Polesden Lacey is shining on full-beam. Here are five reasons to visit.

1. Explore the house in all its Christmas glory

No visit to Polesden Lacey is complete without a nosey around the main event! The house has fallen under an enchanted evergreen spell this Christmas, with woodland animals taking control of the festive preparations. As you wander through the house, follow the tale of the woodlands animals working hard decorating the house for a Christmas party. Keep an eye out for the fairy doors, which is how the animals move between the rooms to set up their party decorations alongside Mrs Greville’s. The Gold Saloon is the highlight of any visit to Polesden Lacey and this year it’s decked with three large Christmas trees and on display some of the Christmas gifts Queen Mary gave to Mrs Greville.

The house is open daily from 27 November to 23 December and on Boxing Day, too. Normal admission costs apply.

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2. Meet Rudolph’s reindeer cousins

Come and meet Snowflake and Cracker and learn about how special they are from Ms Claus and Santa’s chief reindeer herder. You’ll also be able to take home their favourite food, lichen moss from Finland, to put out for Rudolf on Christmas eve.

Visit the reindeer on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November from 11am to 3pm.

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3. Percy’s winter wander

© Nick Butterworth

Pick up a pack as your arrive at Polesden Lacey and head off on Percy the Park Keeper’s winter wander to become Percy’s helper for the day while he’s busy elsewhere on the grounds. There will be winter tasks, activities, games, clues, and a note from Percy to help you along the way.

The trail runs from 4 December to 3 January. There is no need to book ahead.

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4. Wrap up for wintery walks

Gather the whole family and don those wellies and woollies for a wander around the Polesden Estate. Set on a sprawling 1,400 acre estate, there’s certainly no shortage of outdoor space here. There are four way-marked walks across the estate which takes in two working farms, ancient woodlands, historic farmsteads and rolling downland, as well as the gardens.

The garden and café are open daily, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Estate is open all year.

5. Tuck into festive treats

Image credit: Daniel Morris

And after your walk? Indulge in some festive treats in The Café at Polesden where there’s a festive menu that includes roast turkey as well as mince pies and mulled wine.

Plan your day out at Polesden Lacey here.

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