27 Nov 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas at Tatton Park

We love visiting Tatton Park in all seasons. Whether we are celebrating Roald Dahl’s birth centenary or practising for a big cycle ride, Tatton Park is our go-to place. Its beautiful landscaped gardens, imposing mansion, thriving farm and deer park are a great place to recharge your batteries. This beautiful National Trust property in Cheshire is only a short drive from Manchester and makes for the perfect family day out.

Christmas is always a magical time of year at Tatton Park. Its beautiful landscaped gardens, imposing mansion, thriving farm and deer park make it fabulous for a family day out. The decorations in the Mansion this year are inspired by The Twelve Days of Christmas and are a glamorous mix of traditional and contemporary.

Christmas is always a magical time of year at Tatton Park. We visited this weekend, and despite the not-so-great weather, my son and I had a lovely time together.

Contrary to all weather forecasts, the sun was shining as we pulled up in the car park at Tatton Park. A short walk, taking care to avoid muddy puddles, brought us to the Farm. This is where Father Christmas is in residence with his band of merry elves. Before heading over to see the big man, J and I wandered around the stables. A live band was playing Christmas carols and we saw a juggler entertaining the small crowd. Some of the animals were in on the Christmas spirit, like these pair of donkeys.

In addition to the horses, sheep and cockerel, the Farm now has a couple of reindeer as well. They have been housed next to Santa’s sleigh with its shiny bell, snowy backdrop and eight straw reindeer. The sleigh was a fun photo opportunity, and J obliged by posing for the camera.

We peeped inside the Elves’ workshop and listened to the Christmas story before making our way to Santa’s grotto. There was no queue as we were there nice and early. A kindly Elf offered a spot of face painting, which J promptly declined. So we headed straight in to see Father Christmas. He was lovely. J was delighted to get a present from him, which we decided not to open till we got home.

After a quick lunch at the Stables, we went to the Mansion. The decorations this year are inspired by The Twelve Days of Christmas. The entrance to the Mansion and some of the rooms have been transformed to reflect the imagery in this Christmas carol. There are boards explaining the symbolism. Little children can also play ‘Spot the Naughty Reindeer’ as you go along from one room to the next. 9 soft toys have been hidden around the Mansion, waiting to be spotted.

The beautiful mix of contemporary and traditional decorations used to represent The Twelve Days of Christmas was stunning. From glittering pear trees and gold rings to feathered corset dresses and glamorous dancer cut-outs, I loved the imaginative take on a traditional theme. The grand dining room was transformed into a blue and white wonderland with swans. The magnificent Christmas tree stood in the hall. We were treated to some beautiful carols by a choir.

There was an opportunity to do a bit of origami and craft as well before we headed home.

The Twelve Days of Christmas at Tatton Park is open now. Please check opening times and ticket price on the website.

Disclosure: We were guests of Tatton Park for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.


  1. That all sounds amazing - it looks so beautiful too, gorgeous photos :)

    1. Thanks, Jenny. It was our first time visiting over Christmas and it surpassed all expectations!

  2. I'm not sure if I already commented, but it really does look so nice. The carols by the fire would bring a tear to my eye - I'm so soft about Christmas :)

    1. I was like that! Especially when they were singing I'm Walking In The Air. Even J said it was making him very sad :( x


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