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Festive family fun with the National Trust at Cliveden

1st October 2014

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Take time out from the hustle and bustle of a packed high street, and indulge in a day of traditional festivities at Cliveden near Maidenhead. Make the most of the winter by exploring frost-jewelled corners of the gardens or get in the Christmas spirit with a family fun Christmas trail. 

Begin your family’s celebrations with a festive trail around the gardens, running each December weekend before Christmas. Ideal for children aged four years and above, families will discover traditional Christmas themed activities to do together such as helping to decorate a tree and playing a game of charades. There’ll also be small stocking-filler gifts to pick up along the route and an opportunity to help Father Christmas in his workshop.  (£5 per child plus usual admission).

Cliveden’s gardens create a magnificent winter landscape and as the leaves fall from the trees the viewpoints reveal far-reaching vistas over of the surrounding countryside. For a more invigorating walk, head further afield through the woods and enjoy views into the valley and the snaking River Thames below.

After a leisurely stroll, you can treat yourself to a steaming cuppa with a cake or pastry in the Dovecote Coffee House which is open 7 days a week or at the weekends, pop into the Orangery Café to enjoy a hearty lunch. Special three-course Christmas lunches are also being served in the National Trust Orangery on three Fridays in December for those wanting to indulge in a pre-Christmas treat (£24.95 per person, pre booking essential). 

If you’re searching for that extra-special Christmas decoration or on the hunt for perfect gifts, you’ll find plenty of ideas in the gift shop, with an array of decorations and treats to choose from as well as fresh holly and mistletoe cut from the estate and locally grown Christmas trees from early December. 

Christmas trail: Saturdays 6, 13, 20 and Sundays 7, 14, 21 December

10am to 2.30pm (last entry 2pm)

Normal admission charges apply plus £5 per child for the trail (including small gifts). No booking required.

Christmas lunch: Friday 5, 12 and 19 December, 1pm (seating from 12.30pm). For menus and to book, call the Orangery Café on 01628 661406. Usual admission prices apply.

For further details about events, opening times and admission prices please visit

Cliveden, Taplow, nr Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL6 0JA. Tel: 01628 605069

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