As an ambassador for the Roald Dahl events at Tatton Park, we were given a pass to visit the Christmas festivities. I visited the mansion and gardens in the summer. Lucas now naps in the middle of the day around lunch time so that has put a stop to our full days out. When we do go out, it is early morning, returning for his nap or later afternoon when he wakes.
I met Raimy at Brockholes a few weeks ago, she writes over at Readaraptor Hatchling. I asked if she would kindly visit the Christmas events on behalf of Lucas and I….
On Saturday 10th December, we took advantage of a gift from Tatton Park and visited the Gloriumptious Christmas Mansion.
I had wanted to visit the mansion and the parkland for some time. Especially as I saw more and more of their 100 years of Roald Dahl events. However, I wasn’t sure the nearly hour long drive would be worth it with Spike still so little. I also thought the events may be too grown up for her, which put me off slightly. Then I saw the Christmas plans and knew I had to go!
Gloriumptious Christmas Mansion
In-keeping with the rest of 2016 and the celebration of the fantastic Mr Dahl. Tatton Park has gone all out with their Christmas decorations in the Mansion by creating the ‘Gloriumptious Christmas Mansion’. Each room has been decorated in true Dahl fashion, inspired by his books. The first in the line up was The Witches sitting room, with cauldron bubbling, ingredients laying about and extracts from the book being played out from a speaker. Next was Fantastic Mr Fox’s tea party in the Dining Room which nearly included Spike as she tried to join in! My favourite room had to be the library with its Matilda inspired Christmas Decorations, Christmas trees made of books and pages of Dahl books hanging from the ceiling! Next came the BFG room with BFG legs you walked under and all his dream jars lit up like, well, a Christmas tree! The rooms that followed included Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, The Twits, and Danny, Champion of the World. There was an exhibit of Roald Dahl his life and a walkthrough of different artwork for his books. The kitchen’s were decorated, inspired by George’s Marvellous Medicine, and there was a final trip to Matilda’s world with the Chokey in the servants quarters.
The Mansion and Grounds
Spike definitely wasn’t too young for the event either, because it was obviously aimed at everyone. There was plenty for her to see and touch – even if most of it was behind ropes. There were little games in each room for older children to play with and the adults got to step back into the childhood worlds they know and love so much. My favourite part of the whole mansion was The Twits’ cage and the Christmas Trees in the Library. If I could live in that Library I would forever. The mansion is beautiful and the team did an incredible job making it even more magical. Outside in the courtyard and stables there were family fairground rides with a carousel and the Stables Restaurant (which was very family friendly!) and gift shop were great to visit too.
Father Christmas At The Farm
In addition to the Mansion we ventured onto the Farm at Tatton Park, which was slightly disappointing if I’m honest. There weren’t as many animals as I had hoped and while the horses were beautiful, and massive, there was a lack of anything else going on. It was amazing to see so many pigs up close, especially for Spike as she loves them, but everything else was cooped up. The chickens were all hidden away but that was obviously up to the Avarian Influenza that is going around. The queue to visit Father Christmas was a good hour or two long so we decided to skip that and just take a ride on his sleigh while he was busy – which was fantastic. We rode the ‘train’ down to the farm too and Spike absolutely loved that so I’m glad we went for that and the pigs!
It was a magical experience and one I would love to do again and again. The parkland around the Hall and Mansion looks incredible and would be brilliant to go to during summer for a great big long walk. As we were driving out too we saw two beautiful, massive stags proudly watching the cars drive through their home, which was amazing! I loved the whole day, even with the slight disappointment at the farm, and would definitely go back next year!