Christmas at Sledmere House

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Sledmere House is a great reason to visit East Yorkshire and at Christmas time, this magnificent Country House and gardens really come into their own.

This beautiful country estate is replete with Georgian and Edwardian period features that really evoke a classic English Christmas.

And, of course, being in Yorkshire, you’re more than likely to find Sledmere blanked in a layer of velvety snow.

In This Article – We’ll share the great events and activities that make Christmas at Sledmere House special. Read on for upcoming festive events that all the family can enjoy!  

A historic setting for a festive time of year

East Yorkshire’s finest country house is the perfect setting for a range of seasonal events and at this time of year, the Sledmere team pulls out the stops to create the wonder of the Holiday season.

Festive time of year at Sledmere House guide
Festive time of year at Sledmere House

Take in gorgeous Christmas decorations and lights in this 300-year-old historic house set in 200 acres of beautifully curated grounds.

A guided tour of Sledmere might be an early Christmas gift to a discerning loved one who’ll appreciate Sledmere’s history, architecture, and outstanding collection of period furnishings including rare Sheraton and Chippendale pieces.

Create a festive wreath at Sledmere’s wreath-making workshop

Take advantage of the horticultural and floristry expertise of Sledmere’s head gardener and florist to make a charming winter wreath to decorate your front door.

This workshop teaches you the art of wreath-making using fresh materials foraged from Sledmere’s grounds. 

Sledmere house Christmas workshop information
Sledmere house Christmas workshop

If you want something different for your door, the handmade wreath you’ll learn how to create wreaths with skills and flair for maximum longevity.

Sledmere House has perfectly timed this early December event for making an Advent wreath that will bring cheer through the Christmas season. 

Sledmere house Christmas guide
Sledmere house

The course will run on the 6 and 7th of December between 9 am and 12:30 pm.

The £48 fee gets you into the delightful Courtyard Rooms where all the equipment to make your wreath is provided.

You also get tea, coffee, and as many mince pies as you can eat.

After the Session – You are welcome to explore the walled garden and grounds of Sledmere. There are only 20 places per day so book your place online to avoid disappointment. 

Shop for Christmas decorations, food, and gifts at Sledmere

Sledmere is also a destination for hassle-free Christmas shopping.

You can dodge the busy streets of York, Bradford, or Scarborough and enjoy the refined surroundings of Sledmere while you browse unique decorations and gifts or load up on fine farm fare and a tipple or two. 

Christmas fare at Sledmere Farm Shop

Make Christmas extra special with locally sourced produce and fine foods from the Sledmere Farm Shop.

Sledmere farm shop for Christmas
Christmas fare Sledmere farm

You can even purchase and enjoy vegetables grown in Sledmere’s walled gardens for your Christmas dinner.

The team at Sledmere Farm Shop also creates beautiful festive hampers featuring the best of Yorkshire’s local producers. 

Visit the Farm Shop between Tuesday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm daily.

Gorgeous gifts at the Sledmere Christmas Barn

During the winter months, the Sledmere Garden Barn transforms into a festive grotto, packed with a beautiful selection of Christmas gifts, decorations, and lighting.

Sledmere Christmas barn workshops and gifts
Sledmere Christmas barn gifts

Even if you can only browse, the Christmas Barn is well worth a visit, and you may pick up a cozy blanket, cushion, or dining set to make your Christmas extra special. 

Don’t forget to pop over to the Woodyard home, gift, and garden store.

You can pick up a winter spruce and buy even more unique, locally crafted gifts and homeware.

You can visit the Christmas Barn daily from Tuesday to Sunday between 10 am and 5 pm.

Christmas at the Coach House Cafe, Sledmere

Treat yourself to the delicious brunch and lunch menu at the Coach House.

Every year the cafe creates a festive menu with lots of specials and a sumptuous afternoon tea for two.

Enjoy festive favorites like the Traditional Roast, or Pigs in Blankets sandwiches!

The Magical Santa Experience

This popular annual event provides festive fun for the whole family.

Make a day of it with a visit to the Christmas Village which is packed with sweet farm animals games and activities while elves tell stories from the North Pole.

Santa experience Sledmere house information
Santa experience Sledmere house

If you’ve booked a visit with Santa, one of his elves will escort your through to Santa’s grotto complete with sleigh, deer, and the big man himself!

Make sure you bring your present list and once you have had your visit, you can pick out a gift at the VIP elf toy store.

Be sure to book your visit as soon as you can as places sell out quickly.

Tickets cost:

  • for children £19.50
  • for adults £12.50

The fee is for the Santa visit only, but visitors are welcome to enjoy the Christmas Villages and explore the grounds of Sledmere House as part of a great day out. 

Take a break from Christmas shopping with an overnight stay at Sledmere

If you are looking for a winter break, Sledmere House also offers luxurious accommodations in the East Lodge Gate House.

This beautiful self-catering accommodation nestles within the grounds of Sledmere House and boasts beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

Stay at Sledmere House
Overnight stay Sledmere House

Book a winter break at Sledmere and enjoy the grounds, gardens, shopping, and good food, all within the estate. 

The East Lodge Gate House accommodates four guests in two bedrooms, all the amenities you need for a great stay. You can book your winter break via Airbnb.

Sledmere is also a destination for Christmas parties

The team at the Coach House Cafe also provides events catering for its onsite function rooms.

There is a range of rooms that vary in size, along with a licensed bar.

Simply let them know your proposed date, guest numbers, and other requirements and they will work with you to create a fully catered Christmas party.

Rounding up

Christmas may be one of the best times of year to visit Sledmere House as there is so much going on.

If you enjoy the sights and sounds of the Holiday season, this charming estate is just the place to immerse yourself.

Remember to book events as soon as possible as demand will be high. 

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