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Reindeer at the ready as Father Christmas is all set for Christmas!

Christmas at Tatton

Since Prancer and Dancer arrived at Tatton Park in 2011 these adorable reindeer have been at Father Christmas’s side as they guide his sleigh through the night skies and into Tatton Park. He is expected to arrive at Tatton on November 27th in time to spend December at the Farm.

Visitors are invited to come and meet him the following weekends when his reindeer will have starring roles in the farm’s Christmas activities.  The perfect pair will take centre stage in the traditional live nativity  where specially-selected farm animals are stabled around the nativity scene. They can be sure of a warm reception from Frosty the donkey who will be taking part in the nativity. 

This year Prancer and Dancer will be joined once again by some rather special friends – 5 lovely willow weaved reindeer made by Sarah Gallagher Heyes. They’ll be roaming around the festive farm and children will have great fun finding them and working out the missing pair. If you pop in to the piggery you may find one there along with 7 of Tamara’s, (Tatton’s Tamworth), piglets which were born a month ago.

Lots of festive activities are included in a visit to Tatton’s farm this Christmas. Storyteller Honor Giles will weave winter magic with seasonal tales and Aunty Mary will be keeping warm in the cottage, making Christmas decorations which children can take home to paint. Children’s entertainers will sprinkle some Christmas cheer and children will be able to `have a go’ on a traditional merry-go-round (for a small charge).

Visitors to Home Farm can also see Santa's spectacular sleigh, lovingly crafted by Tatton’s National Trust volunteers and enjoy live music gathered around the farm’s nativity stable.

Farm Manager Jayne Chapman added  “’Christmas is such a special time of year and all our farm friends are vying to be the stars of the nativity scene, our three donkeys will be putting on their Christmas coats to take a starring role along with Prancer and Dancer, two of Santa’s very own reindeer. It’s certainly going to be a fun filled, animal packed Christmas this year at the Farm.”

Father Christmas at the Farm takes place on the weekends of November 28/29, December 5/6, 12/13, and 19/20. Times: 11am-4pm, last entry 3pm. Prices: Adult £6, Child £6.  Prices apply to National Trust members. The usual park entry charge of £5 per car applies. All paying children receive a free gift from Father Christmas.

A magical twilight Lantern Parade to light Father Christmas’s arrival at Tatton takes place on Friday, November 27th.      Commences 6pm.  Free entry to Tatton  Park and to the event. For complete details of Christmas events please visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/christmas

For further information about this release contact: 

Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department Tel: 01625 374417 / Email: Vicky.wilby@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust. This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, and Gardener’s Cottage tea room and a year-round events programme.

The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. More information about the vision.