At the weekend, despite the rain and fog, we decided to head to the Fairy Tale Christmas at Hughenden manor. It was worth the hour of travelling as most of the displays were inside the house, so we were able to keep dry!
On the path from the car park there were lots of little chalkboards with notes about the Brothers Grimm tales, building up the suspense and magic… until we got to this wonderful gingerbread cottage which Rosalie loved.
We continued on to the stable yard where there was a beautiful Christmas tree and lots of decorations, as well as a big book inviting us to jump into the fairy tales.
We walked down to the house where the front entrance was surrounded by a giant book!
Upon entering the house we were given a little booklet with a map and some deeper explanations of the Brothers Grimm tales. The first room we went into was Hansel and Gretel, and it was amazing – giant sweets, a full table and some stunning Christmas trees.
Who is nibbling at my little house?
Next was The Frog King, followed by the Elves and the Shoemaker…
And then we moved on to Rumpelstiltskin.
Reel away, reel away, straw into gold.
Hanging down the stair well, was of course the long locks of Rapunzel.
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down thy hair.
We followed Rapunzel’s hair up the stairs to find Little Red Cap, Snow White and Cinderella.
Oh Grandmother, what big teeth you have!
No one shall be my wife but she whose foot this golden slipper fits.
In addition to the main displays, there were lots of little gingerbread people loitering around the rooms, and the children were given a sheet with specific ones to find. Rosalie was a bit too young to remain focused on finding gingerbread people dressed in certain outfits, but she did love spotting all the different gingerbread men as we went around.
She also tried on a ball dress, unfortunately they didn’t have any small enough so she kept tripping over the hooped skirt (hence her worried expression)!
I loved the attention to detail in all the decorations; even the baubles on the trees and wreaths were storybook themed, or made from pages of books.
The house was very busy, probably due to a combination of the weather (which I actually thought added to the atmosphere of the fairy tales), and the fact that the house was decorated, so we did speed through the rooms fairly quickly.
Then we had a wet wander around the gardens before strolling back to the car via the woodland playground – Rosalie just loves jumping on tree stumps and walking along logs!
And of course, I couldn’t finish my post without including the obligatory family day out selfie! This is taken in front of the entrance to the manor, with the giant book just creeping in behind us.
I’d definitely recommend going along to a Fairy Tale Christmas at Hughenden to see their beautiful displays, and since they are all inside the manor, it wouldn’t matter if the weather was bad, and the Fairy Tale Christmas is on until the 4th January, so there’s still plenty of time.
Have you been to any of the National Trust Christmas trails or installations this December? Which have been your favourite? We recently enjoyed the Twelve Days of Christmas at Mottisfont.