Get Christmas shopping all wrapped up early at Attingham Park

The ever-popular annual Frost Fair will be making a return to Attingham Park on 29 November – 1 December, giving visitors the perfect opportunity to kick start their Christmas shopping in style in the run up to the festive season. 

The phrase ‘Christmas shopping’ often conjures up the image of packed town centres, and trailing round busy shops in search of that elusive gift. Set against the backdrop of the historic Mansion in beautiful parkland surroundings, and offering a fantastic range of quality gifts and local produce that can’t be found on the high street, the Frost Fair transforms this annual chore into a family day out.

For many local families a visit to the Frost Fair to seek out those extra special presents has come to signal the start of their festive traditions.  Traders from Shropshire and the Midlands will set up their stalls in the historic grounds and the atmospheric basement rooms of the Regency Mansion, with an array of unusual and quirky gifts on offer. There will be over 100 stalls selling everything from handmade jewellery and decorations to alpaca scarves and gloves and even woodland artwork.  There will also be the opportunity to pick up some mouth watering local products such ale, cheese, flavoured liqueurs and freshly baked treats.  The Attingham Christmas shop will also be on hand for visitors looking to bring a bit of seasonal sparkle into their homes. 

For a well-earned break during a busy day’s shopping visitors can enjoy the range of delicious snacks on offer including venison burgers, hog roast and Attingham’s famous cakes in the tea room.  Warming mulled drinks are sure to keep the chills away and keep shoppers fuelled throughout the day.

With such a wide range of local produce on offer, inspiration won’t be hard to find, even for those hard to buy for relatives.  This is the perfect chance for visitors to surprise their loved ones this year with something they won’t be expecting and relax with Christmas all wrapped up with weeks to spare before the big day. 

Local school choirs and a range of jazz and brass bands will be adding to the atmosphere and performing festive music at the Fair.  There is still some availability so any bands or choirs who would like to perform at the Frost Fair are invited to get in touch with Joanne Marlor, Events and Marketing Assistant on 01743 708133.

The Frost Fair will be open from 10am – 4pm and the grounds admission charge will be £5 for adults on Friday, £6 on Saturday and £7 on Sunday.  Child tickets will be £2.60 and family tickets will remain at the normal daily price of £14.50 over the three days.  National Trust Members and under 5s go free.

Fiona Holman, Events and Marketing Officer said: “Frost Fair is always a fantastic start to the festive season at Attingham. We’ve got some exciting changes this year with our new visitor reception and way in, as well as some great new stallholders alongside old favourites, so we’re hoping to help thousands of visitors find inspiration here again this year. So wrap up warm and come along and join us in getting into the Christmas mood – and don’t forget your wellies for the carpark!”

Winter opening times for Attingham Park: parkland, garden, shop and visitor reception are open daily from 9am – 5pm (closed 25 December).  The mansion is now closed to visitors (except for November weekend tours and for access to stalls in the basement over the Frost Fair), and will be open from 10.30am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm) on 7, 8 & 14 – 23 December for Lord Berwicks’ Christmas. (Admission charges apply)
Father Christmas will also be visiting the mansion on 7, 8, 14, 15 and 20 – 23 December from 9.30 am and after school on 16 – 19 December from 4 – 6pm.  Visit to visit Father Christmas are £6.50 per child including a gift (normal admission charges apply.) For more information about Attingham Park visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attinghampark or call 01742 708170.

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