♡ Hello! Today’s blog post is a bit of Christmassy one; and whilst I didn’t plan to start on the Christmas content until 1st December, I just could not wait for this one. This post is all about my visit to Wollaton Hall and Deer Park...♡
One of my favourite things to do at Christmas time is to go and visit all of the christmassy displays, garden centres and markets. I find this is the perfect activity to feel inspired and to get into the festive spirit (although lets be honest, I’ve been feeling festive since September haha!). This year I decided to take a trip down to Wollaton Hall and Deer Park. I had never visited here before and purposely wanted to wait until Christmas time because I felt that was when it would be the most magical. And it was honestly one of the most festive and magical days ever…
Wollaton Hall and Deer Park is an Elizabethan country house in Nottingham from the 1580s. It is surrounded by the most beautiful grounds (and deer of course!) and is the perfect spot for a magical day with the ones you love. So what is it about Wollaton Hall and Deer Park that makes it SO special?
Wollaton Hall, Natural History Museum and Industrial Museum
The Elizabethan prodigy house itself is a must-see for anybody in the Nottingham area; especially for those with an interest in history and/or architecture. We visited the house to look around the Natural History Museum, which was just wonderful (especially for the self-confessed history geek that I am!), but you couldn’t help but admire the architecture around you as well. The house was decorated for Christmas, with the most beautiful doors and archways, which made it all the more special. It truly felt like I had stepped back in time and entered winter wonderland of the past. I would definitely recommend anyone should visit here, as well as the Natural History Museum and Industrial Museum, to experience it for themselves...♡
Wollaton Deer Park is of course home to the most beautiful deer. I went with the hopes that I would get to see maybe one or two, so I really couldn’t believe my luck when we saw a whole herd. This was made even better when we carried on walking and found a single deer happily having a little grassy snack, with not a care in the world, that we were able to get really quite close to. Of course you cannot touch or get too close to the deer, but I couldn’t believe how content they were just to have people around them. They are such beautiful animals and of course made me feel very, very festive. I think just walking around the deer park would make the most perfect date, family day out, or even a fantastic way to introduce your little ones to new animals. (Top tip: at first we couldn’t see any deer, but we were advised to walk towards the lake and this was indeed where we found them!)
Christmas Halls and Courtyard Stalls
Something that I didn’t expect to find at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park was the beautiful christmassy shops and stalls. We actually stumbled across these whilst looking for the exit, as the beautifully decorated archways caught my eye. We went over to the archways to take some photos, and that is when I spotted the cutest christmassy stalls. I decided to get a deer christmas tree ornament so that I always have a reminder of this day, but I really could have bought so much as the decor for sale was so, so lovely. I thought this was the loveliest festive touch and a great way to end the day. (We were going to end the day in the cafe, but we decided to go home and make my boyfriend’s famous cinnamon hot chocolate instead…but I am sure the cafe is lovely as well!)
I honestly had the most lovely, festive day at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park and I cannot wait to visit again. I have heard from so many people that it is really lovely in the summertime (there is also gardens at the park, which I can imagine are absolutely beautiful at this time), so I will be visiting again then for sure…and of course, before! I would recommend it as a day out for anybody of any age. There are a bunch of festive events going on at Wollaton which I thought I would share below too so that you can plan your visit around the things you might like to get involved with (you can also find more details on their website here):
♡ Christmas Trails (Saturday 30th November - Sunday 5th January)
♡ Visit Father Christmas (Saturday 30th November - Sunday 5th January)
♡ Christmas Lantern Adventure Tour (Saturday 30th November - Sunday 22nd December)
♡ Woodland Christmas - Christmas markets and festive fair (Saturday 30th November - Sunday 5th January)
♡ Breakfast with Father Christmas (Various dates)
♡ Mirabilé Sings Christmas (Sunday 8th December)
Thank you so much for reading! I would absolutely love to hear about any visits you have to Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, and also any other festive places you will be visiting throughout this Christmas season. I hope you all have a really lovely rest of your day!
*This post is in no way sponsored by Wollaton Hall and Deer Park…I just truly loved it that much.*
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