From stable yards to ancient abbeys, the National Trust has Christmas markets taking place all over the country, perfect for picking up last minute locally sourced gifts and eco stocking fillers.

Spend time soaking up the festive atmosphere, enjoy the scent of hot chestnuts and warming mulled wine, or join with a spot of carol singing and treat the kids to a visit from Santa.

Here’s the top pick of National Trust’s Christmas markets…

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Christmas Food Market, 7-11 December 10.30am-4.30pm

A good opportunity to stock up with all those Christmas supplies.  There is something for everyone including fresh ducks and local lamb, homemade Christmas cakes, sweets and biscuits, chutneys and specialist cheeses, fresh pies and puddings. Why not complete your outing with a viewing of the Christmas displays in the Manor, which has an Italian theme this year – booking in advance advisable to avoid disappointment.

Normal admission charges apply to manor, admission to market is free of charge.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01296 653226.

Ham House and Garden, Surrey

Christmas fair, 17-18 December 11am – 5pm

The popular Christmas fair returns to Ham House. Find exciting and original Christmas gift ideas from the National Trust and from local artisans and traders. The fair takes place in a marquee. There will also be family activities and entertainment in the basement of the house and the Orangery will be open all day for seasonal refreshments.

Adult £3.65, child £2.45 and family £9.75 (2 adults + 2 children). National Trust members go free. Admission fee includes the family activities.

Booking is not required for this event

For more information please call 020 8940 1950.

Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Christmas at Blickling, 17-18 December 11am – 5pm

This year you are invited to the big house for a traditional Christmas. Come and be welcomed at the door by characters from the past and enter a grand country house beautifully decorated for the festive season. A new trail of decorated Christmas trees and lights leads you through the garden to the Temple where Father Christmas awaits. The Christmas Courtyard houses a marquee, with festive crafts and seasonal snacks and drinks. Christmas trees, wreaths and greenery are for sale beside garden gifts, hot chestnuts and seasonal delights.

Traditional Christmas lunches will be available each weekend, and music and entertainment will ensure you leave full of festive cheer.

Free entry to the Christmas courtyard and craft marquee, shop, restaurant and bookshop. House and garden normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01263 738030.

Erddig, Wrexham

Christmas market and winter wonderland, 10-11 & 17-18 December 10am – 5pm

Enjoy a traditional Christmas market with food and drink, plus live music creating a wonderful Christmas shopping experience. Wander around and find those special and unusual Christmas presents. Browse over fifty picturesque wooden chalets and stalls offering hand-crafted gifts. Father Christmas will also be in his winter wonderland – complete with his toy workshop.

Adults pay £1 to enter the market, children are free but there is a £5 charge for children to meet Father Christmas.

Booking is not required for this event

For more information please call 01978 355314.

Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Festive food and craft market, Saturday 17 December, 10am – 3pm

Come for Christmas gifts and a festive atmosphere at Gibside this December.  We’ll have tasty seasonal foods, local crafts, roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and live music.

Free entry to market, normal admission charges to estate.

Booking is not required for this event

For more information please call 01207 541820.

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