Christmas Events for 2016
Christmas at West Green House
November 14th to December 21st 2016
This is the most magical time in West Green House’s gardens. Our newly extended Christmas Fair now includes the West Green House Christmas Collection offering Christmas Shopping that is unique, stylish and affordable.
Indulge with home cooked delights in our pretty Tea Room or join us for our elegant Pop Up Supper Club celebrating the best of the winter produce.
Create your own lovely Christmas decorations in our popular workshops and enjoy performances for all the family in our first ever Winter Festival, set in our cosy heated Greenhouse, transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland.
Enjoy the best of the season at West Green – we look forward to seeing you!
You can either explore our Events by scrolling down this page, where we have a good mix of old favourites, plus some sparkling new ones, such as the Illuminated Garden, to make this year's season extra special.
Alternatively we have two brochures you can download to peruse more fully. The first introduces our Christmas Collection (Pop-up Supper Club, Wine Bluffers' Guide, Christmas Fair, Garden Walks and Workshops, plus a sneak preview of our wonderful inaugural Winter Festival) and the second has more details of the box of delights that is the Winter Festival.
Click on the emboldened names above to see your chosen Brochure (pdf opens in a new window, note the brochures are 6.15 and 5.4 MB respectively).
Please note the programme for the Winter Festival is subject to change and confirmation.
Sunday October 30th
11am to 4.30pm (last admission 4pm)
Hallowe’en treats, ghostly cakes, biscuits and spiced cider to sample in the Greenhouse.
See our demonstration of pumpkin carving, with plenty of ideas for you to take home.
Plus it’s competition time! Two tickets for our Ghost of West Green House story in December’s Winter Festival are up for grabs for the child with the best Hallowe’en costume.
There’s a FREE bag of apples for each family attending (with or without Hallowe’en costumes), and the sale of our potager harvest.
Normal admission prices apply.
West Green House Supper Club
Tuesday November 15th
The Chef’s Choice
7 for 7.30pm
We have asked our chef Jon to create a new five course festive season menu celebrating the start of such a sociable season.
Five course meal and “bubbles” on arrival, £69pp. Advance booking essential.
Wines to complement the food have been chosen and may be purchased.
* Here’s our best Menu yet *
Blue Cheese Tart
Tia Crab Cake
Lime and Paprika Mayonnaise
Fillet of Beef
Wild Mushroom Cafe au Lait Sauce
Creamed Mustard Potatoes Honey and Herb Roasted Carrots Fine Green Beans
Duo of Desserts
Cheese from the British Isles
Crackers and Chutney
West Green House Christmas Fair
Wednesday 16th November to Wednesday 21st December
For Christmas Shopping with a stylish difference, look no further than the West Green House Christmas Collection, our famous Christmas Fair. New and extended for 2016, it’s Christmas with a stylish difference!
Sparkling ornaments, elegant accessories, enviable gifts, all complemented by delicious freshly prepared goodies from the West Green House Tea Room.
Open daily from 11 to 4.30pm. Tea room open from 11 to 3.30.
Admission to the Fair is FREE.
See the Garden Walks Event for garden entry details.
Tuesday November 29th and Monday 5th to Friday 9th December
£55 per person - booking essential 01252 844611
All workshops commence at 11am with coffee/tea followed by a demonstration. Then break for a two course lunch with wine. In the afternoon you will make your own display, and the workshop finishes at 3pm.
We ask you to bring your own secateurs and gardening gloves please.
*NB Friday 9th December is Fully Booked*
Tuesday 29th November
Create your own version of one of our most moving Christmas traditions, the lighting of the Advent Candles.
Make your own Advent wreath with candles using winter foliage and berries from West Green House Gardens.
Monday 5th to 9th December (every day)
Deck the Door with a Traditional Wreath
*Friday 9th December Fully Booked*
Using winter evergreens and herbs picked from the West Green House Gardens, make a traditional wreath for your door.
The morning demonstration showing how to make a door and table wreath will be followed by the hands on workshop to make your own.
Winter Garden Walks
Winter Garden Walks
16th November to 21st December
Why not complete your visit to the Christmas Fair with a bracing walk around the garden?
£4. NT members free with membership card.
No need to book just turn up.
OR make your day extra special with the following garden treats…
Garden Walk and Lunch
17 & 24 November, and 1 & 8 December
11 am on Thursdays during the Christmas Fair.
A 45 minute guided tour exploring the structure and beauty of the winter garden, followed by a warming lunch.
£15 including lunch. Advanced booking essential.
The Illuminated Garden
1st to 21st December
* New for December 2016*
Open from 4pm to 7pm each day.
See the walled garden spectacularly illuminated during the winter darkness.
Please note that the Illuminated Garden is not included in the usual day time garden entry price, nor do National Trust concessions apply.
Entrance to Illuminated Garden only - £8.
Why not enhance your visit with a delicious Christmas Tea after your walk?
Illuminated Garden + Christmas tea - £18. Advanced booking essential.
We strongly suggest pre-booking your visit to the Illuminated Garden by calling 01252 844 611, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org stating your preferred day of visit. Christmas teas must be pre-booked as these are made to order.
The Wine Bluffers Guide
Wednesday December 14th
The Wine Bluffers Guide to the Christmas Party
Join us for a Christmas party with a twist!
Guided by a wine expert, enjoy wines which may come from the local supermarket or may be part of a vintage collection. What better way to stock your Christmas Cellar and have fun as you do it – but can you spot your Tesco from your Taittinger?
5.30pm – 7.30pm Tickets £20 to include six tasting wines and canapés.
NB Discounts for groups of 10 or more.
Thursday December 15th to Wednesday 21st December
See individual events for actual dates and timings
Draw near and sit down in our heated greenhouse for our fine selection of seasonal stories to suit families of all ages…
The Princess and the Pea, and the Greedy, Greedy Goose!
A spoilt princess, a cheeky goose, a naughty vegetable and a pile of mattresses – what could possibly go wrong?! Find out in our Christmas tale for all the family, written specially for West Green House.
11.30am daily from Thursday 15th to Wednesday 21st December.
£15 adults £10 children under 16.
A feast of physical silliness and some magical storytelling for the very young.
2pm daily from Thursday 15th to Wednesday 21st, except Sunday 18th December
£15 adults £10 children under 16.
The Ghost of West Green
Surrounded by the mists of the illuminated garden as dusk falls through to the candlelit mystery of the Victorian Greenhouse, a tale written exclusively for West Green House drawing on its fascinating history and its enigmatic characters.
3.30pm Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th, Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st December
£15 adults £10 children under 16
A Magical Season of Music
Saturday December 17th to Monday December 19th
Superb performers from the Guildhall School of Music join us for an evening of festive music from the classical repertoire.
Saturday December 17th 5pm – 7pm All tickets: £15
Viennese Delights – Coffee, Kuchen and Strauss
In the festive splendour of the candlelit Greenhouse, indulge in steaming coffee with whipped cream, frothy hot chocolate, sumptuous Sachertorte and crisp Apfelstrudel whilst enjoing some of the finest Strauss melodies and waltzes. This is no season to diet…!
Sunday December 18th 3pm – 5pm All tickets: £59
Harry the Piano
The piano playing choice of celebrities, with a witty charm that is as at home with the Beatles as he is with Mozart, Harry brings piano playing to a new level. Celebrated at Ronnie Scotts and festival favourite across the country an evening with Harry will get your Christmas started in real style!
Monday December 19th 7pm - 9pm All tickets: £22
Films for the Family
Family Film Shows
Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st December
The FROZEN Party
One of the most magical and popular films of all time, we are delighted to screen ‘Frozen’ and give it the West Green House gloss!
Fancy dress encouraged for the under 12s, the film will be screened in the singalong version while grown ups enjoy some sparkling fizz and Christmas nibbles. Christmas Stress? Just Let it go!
Tuesday 20th December 5.30pm – 8pm £15 adults £8 children under 16 to include drinks and party nibbles for all.
Family Classics on film
Join friends and family in the cosy comfort of our heated Greenhouse to share some of the most popular films of this time of year.
Wednesday 21st December at 5pm.