A few weeks ago Clara began the search for a Father Christmas we could take M to see. She had been recommended Kingston Lacy a beautiful National Trust property not too far away from us. We booked a Father Christmas visit and I took advantage of a voucher I had to cover the entrance fee to discover Christmas at Kingston Lacy.
On arrival we were immediately made to feel very welcome and headed into the courtyard to explore before M’s turn seeing Father Christmas. We enjoyed watching a ukulele choir, picked out stocking fillers in the National Trust gift shop and took pictures of as many Christmas trees as we could.
Kingston Lacy is a beautiful property that was home to the Bankes family. Christmas at Kingston Lacy takes you back in time to the Christmas they would have celebrated during their time there. We got to make paper cone Christmas tree decorations, Lavender bag pouches and sampled shortbread and sherry.
The house really is stunning once you step through the front doors. Upstairs in the main games room there is a stunning Christmas tree that captivated everyone that walked by it. I think I might make it in to my Christmas cards next year.
When it was M’s turn to see Father Christmas we were invited to write a Christmas wish on a paper chain and add it to the giant chain hanging from the ceiling. M wished for a car which drives on walls. Then a bell rang from the room behind us and we walked in to meet Father Christmas.
M was very excited but quite shy, though he managed to tell Father Christmas what he wanted and accepted a lovely little gift of a shiny new harmonica.
I love this photo M took. It is so hard to get nice picture of C and I together when we are visiting places. But now that M is bigger I feel a little more confident handing him my camera. Though my face is screaming “please don’t drop the camera”.
These little reindeer were dotted all around the grounds and looked rather cute. I would love to have one outside our house next year.
We had such a lovey afternoon at Kingston Lacy and have already started to plan our return. Which is going to be fab now that we are National Trust members.