Attingham Park has record-breaking Frost Fair

Record numbers of visitors flooded through the gates at Attingham Park for its 9th annual Frost Fair.

More than 15,000 people visited the National Trust site over three days - the largest ever crowd experienced, and over 1,000 more visitors than last year.

General Manager Mark Agnew has praised the huge number of staff and volunteers, who worked hard to ensure that everything ran smoothly.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted with how everyone pulled together to ensure that this year’s Frost Fair was the biggest and best yet.
“It is a really important event, not only for us as a charity, but for all of the local traders who rely on the income it generates.
“We are really proud that the event keeps growing in popularity every year.”

The fair was held in the lower ground floor rooms of Attingham Hall as well as three huge marquees, located around the picturesque grounds.

Visitors had over 100 stalls to browse which sold locally made jewellery, crafts, festive decorations and wood-turned items. Food lovers stocked up on fruit gin, chocolates, bread, jams, preserves, savouries and locally reared meat.

Fiona Holman, Events and Marketing Officer, said: “We are thrilled that everything went so well – it exceeded all of our expectations. The feedback from everyone has been really positive and the traders reported excellent sales.”

Staff and volunteers at Attingham are now busily preparing to launch Attingham Christmas which starts this weekend (7 and 8 December) and from the 14 to 23 December, 10.30am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). The 200 year history of the Regency mansion will be brought to life for visitors to experience during Lord Berwicks’ Christmas, with the show rooms decked out for Christmas through the ages as the generations of Lord Berwicks who lived there might have known it. Simple home-made decorations in the servants’ floor will provide a stark contrast to the stunning Christmas trees above stairs, and little ones can pick up a special Christmas trail to find hidden characters in the rooms.
Out in the Deer Park there will be a chance for visitors to watch the deer being fed at 2pm every weekend until 24 February, and daily throughout the school holidays (20 December – 5 January, excluding Christmas Day).
On 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 20 – 23 December, there will also be the chance to step through the magic door to join Father Christmas and his elves in his study, from 9.30am to 4pm. And from 16 to 19 December families can come along after school or playgroup to visit ‘Twilight Santa’ in the mansion from 4pm to 6pm.

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