Christmas delights at Burghley House

Enjoy festivities at Burghley House.
Enjoy festivities at Burghley House.
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While the house may be closed for winter, Burghley’s sweeping parkland, with its resident herd of deer, remains open with free entry right through the year – perfect for winter walks and a chance to blow away those cobwebs during the Christmas break.

Meanwhile, for a chance to warm up with some seasonal food and drink in the run-up to Christmas, Burghley’s ever-popular Orangery Restaurant, housed in a building that provided space for the family’s love of horticulture and designed by Capability Brown, will be open until December 20, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am until 4pm.

Burghley’s newly refurbished Courtyard Shop will also be open until December 20 (11am until 4pm) while visitors will also get a chance to do some extra seasonal shopping at the special Christmas shop in the Brewhouse offering a selection of decorations, festive lighting, winter fragrances, chocolates and cosy winter accessories such as hats, gloves and scarves as well as a large selection of Christmas cards.

For a taste of Christmas, the end of this month features crafts for Christmas and a free-to-enter fine food market in the magnificent parklands and courtyard at England’s greatest Elizabethan House.

A celebration of local produce offers some festive food treats at the Christmas fine food market, Saturday, November 30 - Sunday, December 1. Stall holders will be selling local cheese, meats, cupcakes, cider and much more in the cobbled courtyards.

Special festive floral workshops will also be staged November 28 and 29 with Burghley’s head gardener John Burrows. He will reveal how to make either a beautiful table centre or festive garland that visitors can take home with them, with all materials and refreshments provided (booking is essential for the workshops).

And the popular crafts for Christmas run by the Rural Crafts Association event returns to Burghley, Thursday, November 28 - Sunday, December 1, when a marquee in the picturesque parkland provides a festive space for talented makers and designers from all over the UK producing top quality products all brought together under one roof.

Entry to the fine food market is free, while details of ticket prices and booking for the festive floral workshops and craft for Christmas event are available on Burghley House’s website at