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Christmas at Delapré Abbey – Stories of Christmas

Candlelit tours, a Christmas fair, wreath making and a host of festive workshops – step back in time and experience the magic of Christmas through the ages at Delapré Abbey.

We recently unveiled our varied programme of ‘Stories of Christmas’ festive activities, set to run from 3rd to 18th December and 28th to 31st December.

Within two days of launching Santa’s Grotto, all of our Santa slots sold out. So, to avoid disappointment families are urged to act quickly and book their favourite festive activities at the Abbey quickly. Pre-bookings are essential.

Delapré Abbey is committed to giving back to the community so this year, for the first time, the entry fee for the Christmas Fair will not be monetary. All Christmas Fair visitors are asked to bring in one item of canned or packaged food. All donated items will then be distributed to homeless charity Northampton Hope Centre and other local community groups.

Richard Clinton said: “It would all too easy, considering the challenges of Covid, to ease off on our festivities – but we are not. Everyone needs some festive cheer, this year more than most, so we are delighted to be offering such a varied programme and cannot wait to welcome you all to the Abbey.

“Our giant Christmas tree now has pride of place at the bottom of our sweeping staircase and the entire house will be dressed for Christmas for the whole of the month. So, as well as all laying on a host of festive events for the whole family we will be opening the house up – and children will be absolutely free.”

The Stories of Christmas activities include:

• Christmas Fair
• Wreath making
• Candlelit Tours
• Workshops with The Wild Tribe – see PDF
• Workshops with Florry x 4

Faye Morrissey, Visitor Services Manager at Delapré Abbey, said: “Storytelling is such a huge part of the way we tell the history of Delapré Abbey, so we thought what better way to continue this than at Christmas.

Our ‘Stories of Christmas’ themed activities will take visitors on a journey. People will be able to understand how winter celebrations first became established, how different generations of people may have experienced the festivities at Delapré Abbey, and how the method of storytelling has always been important at Christmas time.

With the fire aglow, music and smells emanating throughout the building, along with decorations galore, it will be a real feast for the senses.”

Find out more about all the events and how to book here: