Head to Hughenden this Christmas for a fairytale treat as the National Trust presents the tales of Brothers Grimm.
The magic and sometimes macabre stories behind the fairy tales are explored through walks, storytelling, family-friendly tableaux and talks.
The staff and volunteers have recreated scenes from the stories throughout the Manor and visitors will see Rapunzel’s golden locks tumbling from the stairs, Rumpelstilkskin’s spinning wheel transofrming hay into gold, discover a wolfish imposer in granny’s bed and ask the wicked stepmother’s mirror who is the fairest of them all.
The theme also extends to the woodland with a fairy tale tral through the German Forest.
On special days Father Christmas will visit Hansel and Gretel’s woodland grotto in the Study Base. Visitors will need to book to see him via the website.
A Fairytale Christmas Thu 1 Dec – Wed 4 Jan 11am-3pm
Discover the 19th century fairy tales of the brothers Grimm, brought to life this Christmas at Hughenden. Includes a themed children’s trail and decorations throughout the Manor.
Father Christmas Grotto
Sat 3, Sun 4, Sat 10, Sun 11, Sat 17 & Sun 18, Mon 19 & Tue 20 December10am – 3.30pm Meet Father Christmas in his Hansel & Gretel inspired grotto at Hughenden.
£6 per child, Normal admission applies. We strongly advise booking in advance online.
Storytelling for young children
Fri 2, Wed 7, Tue 13, Mon 19 December 11am and 11.45am
Listen to a traditional fairy tale read by one of Hughenden’s storytellers.Normal admission applies
A history of fairy tales – the Grimm brothers
Tue 6, Thu 15 & Tue 20 Dec 2pm
Find out more about the dark history of 19th century fairy tales and the folklore that inspired the brothers Grimm. Join a member of Hughenden’s house team for a 30 minute talk on fairy tale history.
Normal admission applies, Not suitable for children.
Wycombe Abbey Choir
Tues 13 Dec 1.30pm
A performance inspired by 19th century fairy tales especially for Hughenden. Normal admissions applies.
You can find out more information on Hughenden and where to buy tickets here
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