Christmas at Wimpole…

Tickets are on sale for the third Christmas trail at National Trust’s Wimpole Estate… 

Sony Music’s magical illuminated trail Christmas at Wimpole will return for a third year between Friday 24th November and Sunday 31st December.

The spectacular Cambridgeshire trail will have some brand new installations for 2023, providing after-dark festive fun for all the family.

Matthew Findlay, Head of UK Trails for Sony Music/Raymond Gubbay Ltd, said: “We are always exploring different trail designs which both complement and enhance the beautiful surroundings at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate. We want to create an experience which is precious for all the family and our plans for this year will be sure to provide an unforgettable evening.”

New displays this year will enable visitors to discover huge feathers floating high into the sky. Surround yourself with sparkle in a long glowing tunnel and walk by contemporary Christmas trees lit up with all the colours of the rainbow.

There’ll also be a chance to glimpse Father Christmas along the trail, enabling everlasting memories to be made with loved ones and friends.

Your very merriest Christmas starts here. Limited capacity with timed entry. Plan now to secure the date and time of your choice. 

What:  Christmas at WimpoleThe after-dark illuminated trail through festive gardens
From 24th November to 31st December

Open from: 4.30pm, last entry 8pm (7pm on Dec 24, 26, 30, 31)

Closed: 27, 28, 29 November and 4, 5, 25 December

Why Visit: Discover a Christmas illuminated trail for all the family set within the beautiful landscape of Wimpole.

Admission: Payable in advance: Adult £19, Child £14.50, Family £64 (2 adults & 2 children).  Free entry for carers and infants aged 2 & under.

Parking:  £8 per car. Free to National Trust members if booked before the day of the visit.

For tickets and more information visit:  ChristmasAtWimpoleTickets

Address: Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston SG8 0BW

About Wimpole – Wimpole first opened to visitors in 1979, considered the finest country house in Cambridgeshire bequeathed to the National Trust by Mrs Elsie Bambridge, daughter of Rudyard Kipling.  Wimpole had a succession of owners from Lord Harley (1711-1740) to the Earls of Hardwicke (1740-1894) and Viscount’s Clifden, before being bought by Elsie Bambridge in 1930’s and has a roll-call of celebrated architects and landscape designers who have developed both the mansion and parkland into a place of beauty and graceful living.  James Gibbs splendid Library and Sir John Soane’s extraordinary Yellow Drawing Room and Bath House are amongst the unusual architectural features of the Mansion, whilst the works of Humphrey I. Repton, Sanderson Miller (the Gothic Folly) and ‘Capability’ Brown is evident in the wooded parkland.

During the day visitors can enjoy the grand Hall, Pleasure Grounds, ebullient Walled Garden and a unique shop with local produce and one of Wimpole’s three eateries.  There are many walks to enjoy around the landscaped park including a Multi User Trail on the wider estate and at Wimpole’s working Home Farm, with its historical farmyard and modern farmyard, visitors can learn about the special rare breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs –

About the National Trust – The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people: Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley, who saw the importance of the nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. Today, across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we continue to look after places so people and nature can thrive.

The challenges of the coronavirus pandemic have shown this is more important than ever. From finding fresh air and open skies to tracking a bee’s flight to a flower; from finding beauty in an exquisite painting or discovering the hidden history of a country house nearby – the places we care for enrich people’s lives.

Entirely independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 780 miles of coastline and 500 historic properties, gardens and nature reserves.

The National Trust is for everyone – we were founded for the benefit of the whole nation. We receive on average more than 26.9 million visits each year to the places we care for that have an entry fee, and an estimated 100m visits to the outdoor places that are free of charge. Paying visitors, together with our 5.6 million members and more than 53,000 volunteers, support our work to care for nature, beauty, and history. For everyone, forever.

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