Seasonal entertainment at Wrest Park and a chance to meet Santa

Wrest Park
Wrest Park

There’s a festive glow in the air over Wrest Park in Silsoe, with a chance to meet Santa and enjoy some seasonal entertainment.

The English Heritage house will be open during December and young visitors can enjoy festive fun and crafts before meeting the big man who will be recounting some magical tales of Christmas past, as well as handing out treats!

There will be wreath making workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 8 and 9, with a range of materials sourced from the gardens from which to create a seasonal masterpiece.

Two carol concerts will take place on Wednesday, December 9, with carols sung by Christ’s College Cambridge choir, in the sumptuous surroundings of Wrest Park’s library. There will also be a glass of wine or soft drink and you can also book in for Christmas dinner in the glorious surroundings of the dining room before the concert.

Debbie Houldsworth, events manager for English Heritage in the London and East region, said: “One of our highlights of last year was An Audience with Father Christmas which took place against the stunning backdrop of the library, so we were delighted to bring the event back again this year. The chance to have Christmas dinner in the dining room before our carol concerts will be a truly unique and new experience that we’re very pleased to be able to offer visitors to Wrest Park this festive season.”

You can still admire the stunning gardens of Wrest Park - complete with Britain’s oldest living Christmas tree, dating back to 1856! There is also the playground, café with seasonal dishes and Wrest Park shop for unique Christmas gifts, making it an ideal day out for all the family.

For more details and prices, visit or call 01525 860000.

Events and activities:

Wreath Making

Date: Tue 8 Dec 2015

Wed 9 Dec 2015

Time: 10am-2pm

Get into the festive spirit at our Christmas wreath making workshop at Wrest Park. Be inspired by a tour of the beautifully decorated house and gardens and then create a wreath from a range of materials sourced from the estate. Lunch and all materials are included.

Prices: £55/ Members £50

Booking: Essential – Please call 0370 333 1183 to book tickets or book online


Carol Concerts

Date: Wed 9 Dec 2015

Time: Performances at 6.30pm & 8.30pm

Join in the Christmas celebrations at Wrest Park with carols sung by Christ’s College, Cambridge choir, in the stunning surroundings of the Library. A glass of wine or soft drink is included in the ticket price.

NEW FOR 2015 - Have Christmas dinner in the Dining Room before the concert. Sittings at 4.30pm, 4.45pm, 5pm and 5.15pm. Booking essential.

Price: £15.00 / Members: £10.00

Booking: Essential – Please call 0370 333 1183 to book tickets or book online


An Audience with Father Christmas

Date: Sat 5 – Sun 6 Dec 2015

Sat 12 - Sun 13 Dec 2015

Sat 19 - Sun 20 Dec 2015

Time: 10am-4pm

Join in the festive fun with the man himself at Wrest Park this Christmas. Meet Father Christmas as he tells tales of Christmas past amidst the yuletide decorations. Lucky visitors will even get a festive treat from the man himself!

Prices (includes entry to House & Grounds): Adult £9.30 / Child £5.60 / Concession £8.40 / Family £24.20 / Members: Free


Booking: Recommended

Additional charge of £3 applies to see Father Christmas (subject to availability). Small present included. Father Christmas slots through the day are 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 14.00 & 15.00.