Having got firmly in the festive mood following visits to York's Christmas Market, the sumptuously decorated Castle Howard and Nunnington Hall's 'Christmas across the Decades'.... We've headed south to Burghley House in Lincolnshire to explore their 'Christmas Fair'..... and to grab another walk in the beautiful grounds that surround it.
As we've roadschooled around Europe, we've been amazed by the Christkindlmarkt (Germany), Marché de Noël (France) and Weihnachtsmarkt (Austria). They're definitely a great way to get festive during the four weeks of Advent so we've even written some Family Christmas Market Tips that'll make them even more enjoyable. But just in case you've missed them, we've included them here too!!
Free to enter and park, the Burghley House Christmas Fair runs from the 23rd-26th November. So we've been lucky to enjoy it in the late afternoon/early evening (our favourite, until 5pm) and during the day. But if you check this link, you'll find more details on opening times. But for us, nothing beats the twinkling lights in the dark and a steaming mug of hot choocolate or mulled wine to make it feel that little more festive!!!
If there's a Christmas Market we'd really recommend, it would be Angers in France! A foodie's paradise that will genuinely amaze you! But we'd also add that Burghley Park certainly runs it close with over 20 food stalls from Lamb burgers to Grilled Halloumi alongside plenty of festive treats!!!
Judging by the smiles on these faces, Burghley Christmas Fair might well make it into next year's visits.... but either way, we're now sold on the concept of at least one yearly visit to a festive market....
There's nothing like a Christmas market to nurture that festive feeling... It practically oozes seasonal cheer and that warm, fuzzy, Christmassy feeling that takes you straight back to being a child, waking up to an overflowing stocking at the end of your bed. So why not share it with your family or friends!
It seems a long time ago that we first ran into the crew at Jofli Bear (see here) so it was great for our girls to catch up with them again here.... alongside plenty of other craft stalls! We even spotted a welly boot stall, a perfect pressie opportunity for those who love a good stroll in the countryside on Boxing Day.
It really is a sizeable Christmas Fair with plenty to offer.... from stocking fillers to main presents. It's just an enjoyable way to do some Christmas shopping with a festive backdrop!!
But alongside the Christmas Fair, if you've never visited Stamford, you still might have heard of the annual Burghley Horse Trials which has been a popular event since 1961 ..... So if you're feeling energetic after browsing between the festive stalls... you can always head out for a walk along part of the actual Horse Trials route. A beautiful walk that offers great views of the house's impressive gothic architectural style
For any motorhomers reading this article, you'll be pleased to know that it's easily accessible with plentiful parking... You can easily make this a full day's visit with a visit inside Burghley House or just a stroll around the walled parkland (one laid out by Capability Brown in the 1700s). It's full of a wide variety of trees including a Lime Tree Avenue, Californian Red Wood and it's own 'Garden of Surprises'.... (more here)
But there's another reason to visit... as our girls love any chance to develop their growing love of photography (especially wildlife). So for those that follow us, you'll probably have seen our recent 'road schooling' visit to another impressive Deer Park at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Park in Yorkshire...
But the Deer Park at Burghley Park has been there since 1561 and wraps around the house allowing you to get amazingly close to these beautiful creatures (just like Lottie's above effort). A beautiful way to walk off those cheeky mince pies at the Christmas Fair!!
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