The Christmas period can be a pretty hectic time of year and sometimes what we really want is a break from all the hard work. Well if that sounds like you then a visit to Belton House this Christmas may be just the antidote you need.
Reward yourself with the gift of peace and quiet by taking a walk through the gardens at Belton. Pick up a free Picture Perfect guide to take with you on your walk and it will lead you to some classic ‘framed’ views of Belton.
It may be a tranquil space today, but 100 years ago Belton Park was home to tens of thousands of soldiers from the Machine Gun Corps and, as part of a year long contemporary art project focusing on Belton at this time, an audio experience has been created which guides the listener on an evocative walk through this historic landscape. You just need to pick up headphones from the main entrance of the house to enjoy this unique experience.
The mansion is also open for below stairs tours where visitors can hear what life was like for the Belton servants in 1915. As well as preparing the festivities for the Brownlow family, they also welcomed the soldiers of the MGC to dine over Christmas. Whilst most of the house is now ‘put to bed’ for winter, the dining room has been dressed as it would have been for a Christmas feast 100 years ago.
For the first time in its 40 year history, Belton’s outdoor adventure playground is open all year round, so why not bring the kids to work off all that Christmas chocolate? The miniature train is also running daily, with an extended track winding through the woods and back to the brand new station.
Winter opening: Every day 9.30am – 4pm except Christmas Day. Admission applies to non-members.