National Trust Christmas in Petworth

Petworth House in the snow. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
Petworth House in the snow. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

FOR many, a visit to a beautiful National Trust house and garden is already a ‘must do’ over the festive season.

This winter, Trust locations is hosting a sparkling programme of delights that mix old traditions with new, to bring warmth, enjoyment and inspiration to visitors of all ages.

Petworth House and Park will be holding a spectacular series of events over Christmas for visitors of all ages.

“When faced with the challenge of creating a month-long ‘spectacular’, I must admit I took a small mental gulp, and naturally, I wanted to out-do last year’s Persian Palace extravaganza, so the pressure was on,” said Petworth’s event 
co-ordinator, Ian Pearce.

“Once I started thinking about it, ideas came thick and fast, and there was plenty of inspiration – in particular from the world-famous Fortnum and Mason Christmas windows, the sumptuous Flemish food paintings of the 17th century, and the Gothic fantasy-style sets from Tim Burton’s films.

“I had to overcome some very weird conundrums, such as how to safely flood an historic area, and fix a brace of stuffed pheasants into a two-foot high wig, but it’s been terrific fun, and the result is going to be amazing!”

For details visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

For our full feature on upcoming events, see this week’s Observer (November 14).