Candles and crafts light up attraction

Visitors enjoying Christmas at Wallington, Northumberland.

Visitors enjoying Christmas at Wallington, Northumberland.

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A top visitor attraction is getting into the seasonal spirit with events throughout the month.

The Wallington estate is presenting a series of activities over the next few weeks, offering fun for all the family.

The courtyard will play host to a 30ft Christmas tree, while the collection of dolls’ houses will be getting a festive make-over.

Father Christmas is also making a visit to a specially-made grotto, where he will be giving out gifts to children.

He will be at the National Trust-run estate on Saturday, and again on Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23. Places can be booked in advance on 01670 773600.

In addition to the normal Wallington opening hours, there will also be a twilight experience on offer.

Visitors are invited to go along between 6pm and 8pm tomorrow, and again on Friday, December 11, when the house will be illuminated after dark by candles.

There will also be music and refreshments in the Central Hall, and the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping in the festive store.

During the weekends, families will be able to soak up the atmosphere of the season, with themed decorations and the opportunity to make Christmas crafts. There will also be the chance to follow the tree trail.

Younger visitors will also be able to hear the tales of Mrs Christmas, and anyone is welcome to attend sessions to learn how to make their own wreath and garlands. The times of workshops will be posted on the Wallington website.

Normal winter admission charges apply, but all of the extra activities will be free until Christmas.

Admission costs £8 for adults and £4 for children, with family tickets at £22.50.

For full details on all the events, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington or call 01670 773600.

As the weather is unpredictable, please check opening times before your visit.