Monday, 21 November 2011

Traditional delights, historic markets and fairytale magic will transform Holkham Hall in North Norfolk into a charming winter wonderland for the very first time.

Traditional delights, historic markets and fairytale magic will transform Holkham Hall in North Norfolk into a charming winter wonderland for the very first time.

From late November, Holkham will host its first series of exciting Christmas events, including visits from the Holly King, Queen Victoria and the Snow Queen, which promise to make it the most regal of festive destinations.

Holkham’s Christmas calendar opens with a Victorian Christmas Fayre on November 26 and 27, which sees the Bygones Museum turn back the clocks to the time of Charles Dickens for a wonderful period market, created by the Black Knight Historical team.

Visitors will be able to buy unique gifts from costumed traders and enjoy Christmas carols performed by minstrels, as well as storytelling. There will also be the opportunity to make traditional decorations, relax with mulled wine and walk around the garland-decorated hall, where children will be able to meet the Holly King himself.

Period entertainment continues with a Victorian Christmas Celebration on December 3 and 4. Queen Victoria arrives at the decorated hall to music, dancing, carols, games and stories by the fireside. During the festivities, kitchen staff will prepare a seasonal feast, the Holly King will be giving gifts to children beneath his Christmas tree, and all is captured for posterity using photographic techniques from the era.

Holkham Hall’s Christmas experience concludes with an atmospheric performance of The Snow Queen in the magnificent Marble Hall on December 17. This retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale by Quantum Theatre follows a young girl travelling across the North Pole to free her friend from the spell of the wicked Snow Queen.

The Christmas Fayre and Christmas Celebration events take place 10am to 5pm, with last admission at 4pm for the Hall and 4.30pm for Bygones Museum. Tickets for each event are £11 for adults, £7 for children.
The Antiques Fair is held from 10.30am to 5pm. Tickets are £5 for adults, free for under-16s.
Tickets for The Snow Queen are £16 for adults, £12 for children, with performances at 2pm and 6.30pm.

Further details can be found by visiting, or telephoning 01328 713111.


  1. Hello,

    last year I was given a two for one voucher for entry to Treasure Houses of England. I'd love to take an elderly friend to Chatsworth this year using a voucher but I can't find them anywhere - can you tell me where I can obtain a set of vouchers?! Thanks :)

  2. Hello Louise

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    The 241 Treasure Houses vouchers, which include 241 entry to Chatsworth, are only available when you purchase tickets to another of the Treasure Houses. There are no other 241 vouchers in circulation at the moment, so I am not able to send you anything.

    If you are intending on coming this year, please note that the house is now dressed for Christmas, and the State Rooms are closed for annual conservation. All details can be found at

    If you're planning on coming in 2012, we occasionally run 241 offers in the Mail on Sunday, but sadly the dates have not been firmed up yet.

    I hope this information is useful for you.

    Catherine Reaney
    Senior Marketing Executive
    Chatsworth House Trust