Leeds Castle

The theme for the festive season at Leeds Castle in Kent this year, running from 24th November to 1st January has been announced as ‘Once Upon a Time at Christmas’. 

During the Christmas season, a number of well-known stories will be told through illustration throughout the castle, featuring popular characters such as Paddington Bear.

‘Once Upon a Time at Christmas’

Visitors will see the rooms displayed with festive decorations and fragrant pine trees styled around well-known and much-loved traditional winter tales. 

To celebrate 60 years since Michael Bond’s first book was published, the story of Paddington will continue at Leeds Castle as ‘Paddington and the Christmas Surprise’ arrives in the Seminar Room. 

Groups can continue their journey through the classic Christmas stories, as children and adults alike will recognise characters from the likes of The Nutcracker and The Snow Queen. 

What else will the Christmas season feature?

The centrepiece of the festive displays will be a 20ft tall Christmas tree in the Inner hall.

The annual Christmas Market will also take place on selected dates in November and December with an array of seasonal gifts, toys, festive decorations, specialist food and drink and a chance to meet the reindeer and birds of prey. 

In the centre of the market, visitors can enjoy nostalgic fairground rides on a Victorian carousel or take a leisurely trip on the big wheel for a spectacular view of the castle. 

The two on-site gift shops will be stocked with decorations and gift ideas and there’ll be a series of events including wreath-making and visits from Father Christmas, offering something for all ages. 

Groups at the castle

Group visiting the castle throughout the year can benefit from private guided tours of the castle and grounds, included themed tours for those looking to learn about a particular subject.

Group rates are also available as well as the opportunity for self-guided visits.

A valid admission ticket to Leeds Castle is required for this event, tickets cost £25.50 for adults; £22.50 for seniors and visitors with disabilities (carer goes free); £17.50 for children (under 4’s free).

For more information, visit www.leeds-castle.com