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A Burghley Christmas

Not in the Christmas spirit just yet? You certainly will be after soaking up the festive atmosphere of Burghley House at Christmas

Christmas will be bigger than ever at England’s greatest Elizabethan house, offering a luxury gift fair and seasonal food market, all in a picture postcard setting with the magnificent Tudor house as a backdrop. This year, Burghley’s popular Christmas Fair and Fine Food Market (6-9 December) is working in association with The Angel Fair to raise money for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK. Spread over four days, 2018’s Christmas Fair will offer evenmore seasonal gifts, from luxury jewellery, leather bags and cashmere to stocking fillers and decorations.

The Christmas event at Burghley, on the edge of the Georgian stone town of Stamford, has become a firm festive favourite with visitors and this year it will feature more than 100 exhibitors in total. As well as the heated marquees packed with Christmas ideas, there will be additional seasonally decorated log cabin-style stalls too. For festive fayre, the Fine Food Market will once again run alongside the gift fair, with more than 30 suppliers selling handmade cheeses, artisan breads, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats with some extra special seasonal produce always on hand for this Christmas event.

Nestling within the Brewhouse and cobbled courtyard, close to Burghley’s restaurant and shop, the seasonal craft fair and fine food market has free entry. There will be a parking charge of £5 per car. For evenmore seasonal shopping, Burghley’s popular pop-up Christmas Shop will be open during the event, while Burghley’s Orangery Restaurant – housed in a building that provided space for the family’s love of horticulture and designed by Capability Brown – has festivemenus, including a popular Christmas Afternoon Tea.

And while the house may be closed for winter, Burghley’s parkland, with its resident herd of deer, remains open with free entry right through the year (apart from special event days). The spacious parkland is perfect for winter walks and the perfect place to blow away the Christmas cobwebs.

Christmas at Burghley House Thurs 6 – Sun 9 December Indulge your senses with Christmas at England’s greatest Elizabethan house. Free admission (parking £5 per car) 01780 752451, www.burghley.co.uk

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