There’s something special about visiting a National Trust property at Christmas. Whether it’s to wander around a specially decorated interior, check out the vast grounds of an estate or follow one of the Trust’s seasonal trails (Percy the Park Keeper is much in evidence this year!), there’s always plenty to enjoy. 
Here’s a taster of what’s happening at National Trust properties across the region this month...

Packwood House - Packwood Lane, Lapworth, Warwickshire, B94 6AT

Winter is the perfect time to wrap up warm, throw on some wellies and head out for an invigorating walk at Packwood. Blow away the cobwebs along blustery canal paths or take a frosty Boxing Day stroll across the Warwickshire countryside. Enjoy the outside Christmas trees and decorations in the barnyard, and don’t forget to indulge in a warming treat from the café too.  

Biddulph Grange Garden - Grange Rd, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent, ST8 7SD  

On selected evenings this year - and for the first time - visitors can experience part of the garden illuminated. Wrap up warm and soak up the festive atmosphere with a walk through the Italian Garden and the Pinetum, then enjoy a warming drink from the tea room. Families can also take part in Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander trail from 4 December.

Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd - Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6JG 

With amazing views to be had on a variety of walks, the beautiful scenery at Long Mynd is ideal for a bracing winter walk. The Chalet Pavilion offers the perfect pitstop for a warming drink and tasty treat.

Dudmaston - Quatt, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6QN                      

Wrap up warm and enjoy winter walks in the countryside. The car parks at Comer Woods, Hampton Loade and the Sawmill are open daily. Families can take part in Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander trail in Comer Woods from 4 December. The café will also be open, serving a range of hot and cold refreshments.

Attingham Park - Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4TP  

From 27 November to 3 January, the outdoors will be dressed for Christmas, with trees and decorations welcoming visitors from the front gates, through visitor reception and into the stables courtyard. The ground floor showrooms and basement in the mansion will also be decorated and full of festive cheer. At weekends - and daily in the school holidays - visitors can watch the Attingham deer herd being fed by the ranger team at 3pm in the Deer Park. There will also be a Christmas Masquerade family trail around the grounds. 
All visits to Attingham during this period must be pre-booked, whether visitors are National Trust members or not. 

Wightwick Manor and Gardens - Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton, WV6 8EE 

Winter is the perfect time to see the structure of the garden. The evergreen geometrical yew hedging appears bolder and the architectural lines of the terraces and balustrades are clearer. Pick up a warm drink from the tea room and take a brisk walk across frosty lawns, past frozen pools and through crisp woodland. There will also be outdoor festive decorations to spot. 

Inside, join in with a Victorian Christmas and see the manor decorated with festive trees and garlands. 
A costumed reenactment takes place on 11, 12, 14, 18, 19 & 21 December, as the Mander family’s servants prepare for the festivities. 

Baddesley Clinton - Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton​, Warwickshire, B93 0DQ

Enjoy the outside Christmas tree and decorations and get into the festive spirit on a stroll around Baddesley this Christmas. You can spot winter wildlife in the gardens or head out on the estate and explore one of the walking routes. Warm up in the cosy restaurant with a mug of hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire.  

Moseley Old Hall - Moseley Old Hall Lane, Fordhouses​, Wolverhampton, WV10 7HY

Wrap up warm and enjoy a gentle stroll through the walled gardens and woodland. Outdoor explorers can take part in Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander trail from 4 December to 3 January. 
Inside the hall, visitors can see the house dressed with traditional decorations, play board games in the parlour and taste 17th-century sweet treats made in the brewhouse. During weekends throughout December, enjoy Christmas storytelling sessions with the Lord of Mischief. 

Charlecote Park - Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, CV35 9ER

Join Percy the Park Keeper on his Winter Wander trail in the gardens (£2 per activity pack) and discover animal-themed artworks along the way, created by local artists Ros Ingram and Rachel Harwood. 

Wrap up for a refreshing stroll to spot wildlife in the parkland. Check out some of the essential improvement works taking place in the grounds, before warming up in the cafe with a delicious festive treat. 

Upton House & Gardens - near Banbury, Warwickshire, OX15 6HT 

Enjoy some outdoor fun with Percy the Park Keeper on a special trail around Upton’s winter garden and woodland, then step inside to take in the Christmas decorations, which this year take the theme of All Four Seasons.

Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses - Compton Road, Kinver, Staffordshire, DY7 6DL 

Blow away the cobwebs with a bracing walk on Kinver Edge. Climb to the top of the hillfort and take in a late winter sunrise or early sunset. On crisp, clear days, enjoy panoramic views across three counties -  Staffordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire. At weekends during December, families can take part in Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander trail. 

Shugborough Estate - Milford, near Stafford, Staffordshire, ST17 0UP 

A stroll around the pleasure grounds is great for admiring the views across the whole estate. For frosty trees, the purple sheen of silver birch and the sight of wild deer walking through the mist, you can’t beat a climb up to the Triumphal Arch and onto Satnall Hills. With the dieback of undergrowth, it’s easier to spot some of the mammals which normally use it for cover.

For those in search of early blooms, head to the arboretum for winter aconites, and Lichfield Plantation for snowdrops. From 4 December to 3 January, families can explore Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander trail.