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The National Trusts Top 20 Santa's Grottos: the second ten

publication date: Nov 29, 2010

11. Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire

Get into the festive spirit by listening to the brass band playing traditional Christmas carols in the Stable Courtyard amidst the scent of mulled wine and roast chestnuts, while Father Christmas hands out special presents from his grotto: 11, 12 December 11am to 4pm.  Normal admission charges apply plus an additional event charge of £3 per child to visit Father Christmas.

For more information please call 01223 206000.

12. Dunster Castle  Somerset

Visit Father Christmas in his enchanting Castle grotto and receive a special present.  £4 per child: 11, 12 December 11am to 3pm.      

For more information please call 01643 821314.

13. Wightwick Manor and Gardens, West Midlands

Bring the children along to visit Father Christmas in this beautiful manor house grotto, where they will receive a special free gift. Children £4 and accompanying adults 50p: 11, 12, 18, 19 December 11am to 4.30pm.

For more information please call 01902 761400.

14. Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire

Follow the festive trail to find Santa in his secret garden grotto waiting to hear what the girls and boys want for Christmas: 11, 12, 18, 19 December 11.30am to 3pm. Normal admission charges apply.

For more information please call 01782 517999.

15. Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

At Oxburgh Hall in all its festive splendour, dressed for a traditional family Christmas. Children can enjoy craft activities and a storyteller in the afternoon, plus Santa will be paying a special visit too. Enjoy musical entertainment in the early evening, including courtyard carols around the tree from 4 to 4.30pm: 11, 12, 18, 19 December 11am to 6pm. Adults £5 and children £2. £3 to meet Santa and his elves (includes present).

For more information please call 01366 328258.

16. Castle Drogo, Devon

Return to the 1930s for this popular event with its wonderful Christmas atmosphere. See parts of the Castle traditionally decorated and visit Father Christmas in his fantastic grotto where children can receive a special present. Winter admission prices apply plus an additional event charge of £2 per child to visit Father Christmas, including National Trust members: 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 December, 11am to 4pm.     

For more information please call 01647 433306.    

17. Sutton House, London

The last chance to visit Father Christmas at this original Tudor house before enjoying a good old fashioned sing along to your festive favourites: 18 December 5 to 6.15 pm. Adults £5 and children £2.50.

Booking advisable. For more information please call 020 8986 2264.

18. Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Enter the magical world of Santa’s grotto in the stables of this spectacular Georgian house and then take a family walk through Britain ’s largest Winter Garden: 18, 19 December 12 to 3pm. Normal admission charges apply.

For more information please call 0161 9411025.

19. Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire

Take part in the exciting "12 Days of Christmas" trail that leads to Santa's enchanting grotto. Santa will be bringing two extra special guests with him - his friendly reindeer: 18, 19 December 1 to 3pm. All tickets £3, includes trail and photograph.

For more information please call 01386 438333.

20. Stourhead, Wiltshire

Don't miss Santa as his sleigh stops at this magnificent mansion with presents for all the children: 19 December 1 to 4pm. Normal admission charges apply plus an additional event charge of £5 per child to visit Father Christmas.

For more information please call 01747 841152.