Feast of festive food and fairs coming to Burghley House

Burghley at Christmas

Burghley at Christmas

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Christmas will be even more sparkling this year at England’s greatest Elizabethan house – with a free craft fair, extra seasonal shopping and a feast of festive food getting underway on Thursday (November 27).

Dressed for the occasion, Burghley House will have more Christmas decorations than ever before, while this year the annual Craft Fair will move to the House, adding to the festive feel around the cobbled courtyards.

The Burghley Christmas Fair (Thursday until Sunday), run by the Rural Crafts Association, has been brought up the House and will nestle within the Brewhouse and courtyard, close to Burghley’s Orangery restaurant and shops.

Entry is free of charge and stalls will feature unique textiles, unusual sculptures, artisan chocolates, jewellery and cashmere and silk pashminas. It is open from 9am until 5pm (4pm on Sunday).

Also this weekend, the free-to-enter Christmas Fine Food Market returns to offer visitors even more tasty treats. A celebration of local produce, stall holders will be selling local cheese, meats, cupcakes, cider and much more in the festively decorated courtyards on Saturday and Sunday.

For those who enjoy festive music, how about Christmas carols in the intimate surroundings of the Family Chapel within the House (December 14)?

What more traditional way to begin the celebrations than at the Chapel Carol Concert with music spanning the House’s five centuries of history.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the candlelit Old Kitchen during the interval.

For a chance to warm up with some seasonal food and drink, 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 – is now open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am until 4pm, until December 21.

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 - perfect for winter walks or a chance to blow away the Christmas cobwebs.

For full details, opening times and to book tickets, see www.burghley.co.uk