The best National Trust Christmas markets to visit

The best National Trust Christmas markets to visit

If you're looking for somewhere special to do the Christmas shopping this year, look no further than the National Trust. With picturesque Christmas markets selling gorgeous handmade crafts, delicious local food and extra-special gifts, the National Trust is putting the magic back into the Christmas shopping experience.

Here's our pick of the best festive fairs:

Castle Ward, Co Down

Crafted, 26 – 27 November, 10.30am – 5.30pm

Start your festive season with a visit to Crafted at Castle Ward. Find the perfect bespoke gift for that special person this Christmas. Meet some of Northern Ireland's leading artists and makers from the world of textiles, ceramics and jewellery and even have a go yourself with some hands- on demonstrations.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire

Colby's Winter Fayre, 12 – 13 November, 10am – 4pm
Get in the festive mood with some early gift buying, food tasting and mulled wine drinking. There'll be plenty on offer including ceramics, woodcraft, jewellery, handmade clothing, bags and crafts. Afterwards, walk off the mince pies around the woodland garden.
Price: Free event

Dudmaston Estate, Shropshire

Christmas Craft Fair, 19 & 20 November, 11am - 4pm
Browse over 70 stalls in the orchard to get your Christmas shopping off to a roaring start. With craft activities to keep the kids happy and live music to get your toes tapping, this event will definitely get you in the festive mood.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)

Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Gibside Festive Market, 3 & 17 December, 10am – 3pm
Explore a variety of market stalls where you can buy fresh seasonal food and high quality crafts direct from local producers in the marketplace . Afterwards, explore Gibside's landscape garden, discover the plans for the walled garden and pick up a pizza from the resident pizza maker.
Price: Free event

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion

Llanerchaeron Christmas Fair, 3 – 4 December, 11am – 4pm
Enjoy a great day's shopping with over 70 local food and craft stalls. With mince pies, mulled wine and a special visit from Father Christmas it's sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Price: Free event (normal admission applies, children free) 

Lydford Gorge, Devon

Winter Fayre, 4 December, 11am – 3.30pm
Lydford Gorge will once again be opening up for another spectacular winter fayre, complete with Dartmoor Christmas trees, mistletoe, holly and garlands for sale along with local produce and unique gifts. With a Christmas trail and craft activities for children, there's something to get everyone in the festive spirit.
Price: Free event (small charge for children’s craft activities)

Nostell Priory and Parkland, West Yorkshire

Craft and Second-hand Book Fair, 26 – 27 November, 10am – 4pm 
Choose from handmade decorations, gifts, cards and a fantastic range of pre-loved books.  If the fair leaves you feeling inspired, you could also learn how to craft your own Christmas at the 'work'd by hand' craft workshop series, including wreath making and felt decorations during December.
Price: Free event

Rowallane Garden, Co. Down

Yuletide Market, 10 - 11 December, 12pm – 5pm
Soak up the festive atmosphere of Rowallane's annual Yuletide Market. With local craft and food stalls, family festive activities and wreaths made by the Rowallane gardening team, it's the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Christmas Craft Fair, 3 - 4 December, 10am – 4.30pm
Discover the magnificent garden set around a huge lake, scattered with gothic and classical buildings. Visit the Christmas Craft Fair for locally created gifts, from beautiful hand-made jewellery and ceramics, to original art; find a unique present for that special someone.
Price: Free event

Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire

Christmas Market, 19 - 20 November, 11am – 4pm
Find unique gifts made by Lincolnshire crafts people and local food suppliers. Afterwards take time to explore the magnificent 15th-century red-brick castle with free entry all weekend. Get into the festive spirit and enjoy a cup of mulled wine, a mince pie or a bag of roasted chestnuts.
Price: Free event

Trelissick, Cornwall

Trelissick Craft fair, 27 November, 10.30am – 4.30pm
With gorgeous handmade gifts, made especially for you by Trelissick staff and volunteers, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Once you've had a full dose of retail therapy why not explore the gardens and woodland, and discover the winter wonders of the natural world.
Price: Free event

Tyntesfield, North Somerset

Festive Food and Craft Market, 6 November, 3 & 4 December, 10am – 3pm
Start your festive season at Tyntesfield's Home Farm and enjoy the atmosphere of the Christmas food and craft market. There'll be freshly baked bread and fine cheeses to tempt you in, and beautiful handmade crafts for the Christmas stockings. Pick up a mince pie as you go, and enjoy the Christmassy entertainment with a mulled wine in hand.
Price: Free event

Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

Wartime Christmas Fayre, 3 – 4 December, 11am – 4pm
Join the wartime-themed festive fayre at Upton House and Gardens with local stallholders offering handmade gifts, beautiful crafts and tasty food and drink. See the house decorated for Christmas using handmade crafts and warm up with rations served in the restaurant!
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Christmas Craft Fair, 12 - 13 November, 10.30am - 5pm
Visit a working estate still guided by the seasons, with an impressive mansion and working Home Farm this winter. Wimpole's festive season starts with a Christmas Craft Fair where you’ll find unique and unusual presents from a huge variety of stalls.
Price: £4 (under 14s free) – normal admission charges apply.

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