Each year Flatford hosts a traditional Christmas celebration to get you in the mood for the festive season. This year, the ancient hall of Valley Farm will be decorated for a Tudor Christmas. Greenery garlands will hang from the ancient walls and frame the huge inglenook fireplace, where a cosy wood fire will keep the winter chill at bay. Tables will be laid for a festive feast and costumed Tudors will be on hand to tell you about winter activities and Christmas customs.
The festive theme continues in the Tea Room, where you’ll be able to enjoy seasonal favourites like mince pies and mulled wine. If you prefer something savoury, you may enjoy our delicious cheese and onion pasties or sausage rolls. Back by popular demand is the tasty mince pie scone, a Flatford favourite!
The National Trust Gift Shop will be open, giving visitors the chance to stock up on last minute Christmas presents and treat themselves. A great range of gifts will be on display, so you are bound to find something suitable. You will also be able to sample some of the delicious chutneys, jams, biscuits and liqueurs for sale in the shop.
In the RSPB’s Wildlife Garden, you will be able to make natural decorations and bird feeders and browse the volunteers’ craft stall. You can also join in the ancient custom of wassailing an apple tree, believed to ward off evil spirits so the tree has a bumper crop of fruit. You may even meet a very special visitor!
On the second weekend, you can enjoy festive music too. In the Tea Room, the Constable Singers will perform carols and Christmas songs on Saturday afternoon whilst Brantham Community Choir will entertain people on Sunday afternoon.
Entry to the event is free, however, there will be a parking charge of £4.00 per car for non National Trust members and a small donation for some activities.
If you want to find out more, please call the National Trust on 01206 297201 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/flatford or www.rspb.org.uk/flatford Flatford is situated near to the village of East Bergholt and can be reached in 20 minutes from Ipswich and Colchester.
Come and celebrate Christmas at Flatford on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November and Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December, between 10.30am – 3.30pm.