Posted 5th Dec 2015
To celebrate the festive season the National Trust is providing plenty of chances to create some special Christmas crafts with a difference
Families can choose from a variety of fun activities, from stepping back in time to make Edwardian decorations to exploring the elves’ Christmas workshop. Or, head outdoors to tick off one of your ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ with some wild art, or get as messy as you want as you bake up some tasty festive treats in an atmospheric kitchen from another age.
There’s plenty on offer for adults too, with artisan workshops ranging from botanical illustration to wreath making and traditional baking methods. Every one of these workshops will help you take home something inspired by beautiful surroundings.
Christmas crafts for kids
Red House, London
Christmas Crafts, 13th December, 1pm - 4pm
Make salt dough wombats to hang on your Christmas tree at home. This year Red House is crafting wombat decorations to celebrate the discovery of a wombat in the Edward Burne-Jones wall painting in the house. Children can join in the fun and decorate their own festive wombats to take home and hang on their Christmas tree. Quirkiness abounds in the house that William Morris designed, built and lived in. Discover stained glass windows with curious characters, a brightly coloured ceiling and spot the wombats in the wall painting.
Price: Free event (normal admission fee applies)
For more information, please call 0208 303 6359 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/red-house/.
Sheringham Park, Norfolk
Christmas trail & craft, 6th December, 11am - 3pm
Take a winter wander to the learning centre, where kids can make a Christmas wreath, a Yule log or a miniature rhododendron Christmas tree to take home. Afterwards why not head out on a walk through the park and spot ways the garden has changed since autumn? Now that the leaves have fallen from the trees it’s easy to enjoy sweeping views from Sheringham Park all the way down to the North Norfolk coast and, if you’re lucky, you might spot the smoke plumes of a steam train passing through the woodland.
Price: £5 (normal admission fee applies)
For more information, please call 01263 820 550 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheringham-park/.
Wool Craft: Christmas decorations, 13th December, 11am - 12.30pm & 2pm - 3.30pm
A workshop on the traditional craft of felt making will help you create felt Christmas puddings or Dorset buttons to decorate your Christmas tree. As well as the tutorials, see skilled craftspeople knitting, spinning and felting in action. You’ll be learning this ancient craft in the quaint village of Avebury that sits within the prehistoric stone circles.
For more information, please call 01672 538 016 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury/.
Allan Bank and Grasmere, Cumbria
Handmade Christmas, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th and 19th December, 10am - 4pm
This festive season the craft room at Allan Bank will be hosting craft activities for all the family to enjoy. Make tree decorations, gift bags and cards to take home, or create hand-printed wrapping paper. Soak up quintessential Lake District views, in ‘The loveliest spot that man hath ever found’, according to William Wordsworth.
Price: Free event (normal admission charges apply)
For more information, please call 015394 35 143 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere/.
Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl, Surrey
Harvest your own Christmas tree, 12th December, 10am – 2pm
Find a Scots pine tree and the countryside team will help you take it home. This is good walking country with many footpaths to explore; walk through shady woods or across open heathland with grazing cattle and wild ponies. Bring along a saw, sledge and a pair of gloves to cut down your very own tree.
Price: Free event
For more information, please call 01428 681 051 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hindhead-and-devils-punchbowl/.
Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire
Children's chocolate cookie calendar workshop, 3rd - 20th December, 10.30am - 3pm
Kids can create a calendar for the New Year at this hands-on workshop. Be sure to explore the Museum of Childhood beforehand to gather inspiration from fun toys and cartoons from the past. Discover something for everyone, from toys that capture the imagination to ones that spark old memories. There’ll be a chance to tuck into warming hot chocolate and cookies during the workshop too.
Price: £5 (normal admission fee applies)
For more information, please call 01283 586 800 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sudbury-hall-and-museum-of-childhood/.
Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk
Christmas sweet treats workshop, 10th December, 10am - 3.30pm
The cook will be making delicious festive goodies in Oxburgh's Old Kitchen all day. Step inside this romantic, 15th-century moated manor house for a peek at Christmas celebrations from the past in the Old Kitchen.
Price: £35 (includes ingredients and lunch)
For more information, please call 01366 328 243 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oxburgh-hall/.
Images courtesy of National Trust: Arnhel de Serra, Paul Harris, Yannick Lalardy