One of England’s great tourism draws is its medieval castles, and the most romantic of these is Leeds Castle in Kent. Now, the 900-year-old castle has launched a new package to celebrate the magic of the Victorian Christmas.
The charming evening event includes a host of activities to get the whole family into the yuletide spirit.
Board the Victorian land train and enjoy festive music as you are taken past the beautifully-lit castle to the festive Fairfax Courtyard, which will be alive with entertainers, Punch and Judy shows, carol singers around a traditionally decorated Christmas tree and street vendors offering traditional sweets, chocolates, roast chestnuts and wooden toys.
There’s also an illuminated woodland walk through the enchanted gardens of Leeds Castle. Children will be amazed at the astonishing ‘breathing tree’.
The walk leads to Santa’s Grotto, where Father Christmas will be waiting in his lodge surrounded by his elves and real reindeer to greet children and hand out gifts to take home.
Leeds Castle is located near Maidstone in Kent just off Junction 8 of the M20 and only one hour’s drive from London. Grounds open at 10am daily and the castle is open from 10.30am. Last admission is 3pm and gates close at 5pm.
Tickets must be pre-booked at leeds-castle.com/christmaspast or by calling the box office on 01622 880008.
Prices cost a £20 for adults £20, and £15 for children (under 12). Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) £60. A group rate of £15 per ticket is available for groups of 15 or more. The event runs from 3.45pm to 8pm.