Christmas at Riversdown

The Christmas period is almost upon us and in November and December there are a number of festive activities and events in the region to enjoy during a stay at Riversdown House:

Winchester Christmas Market

Monday 20 November – Friday 22 December

Located next to the famous Winchester Cathedral, the Christmas Market attracts almost half a million visitors each year who come to skate on the ice rink, eat traditional festive food, and buy gifts from the many British craftspeople who exhibit their unique products. Considered to be one of the best Christmas markets in Europe, it is certainly worth a visit.


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Highclere Castle

Guided Tours – Wednesday 22 November and Saturday 25 November

Christmas Fair – Wednesday 6 December and Thursday 7 December

Highclere Castle, known to many as the location for the TV series ‘Downton Abbey’, opens its doors for a just a few special days during the Christmas period. In November, there are two opportunities on the 22nd and 25th to have a guided tour of the castle and to visit the Egyptian Exhibition which celebrates 95 years since the Lord of the castle, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in Luxor with Howard Carter.

In December, a special two-day Christmas Fair on the 6th and 7th will see the house festively decorated and with Carol singers giving the castle a very seasonal atmosphere. In addition, a number of stalls will be selling special gifts to help with your Christmas shopping!

All Highclere events have a limited number of tickets available so early booking is advised.


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Christmas at Hinton Ampner House

Saturday 02 December – Sunday 31 December

Hinton Ampner is another nearby country estate which holds a collection of 17th and 18th century Italian paintings as well having  impressive grounds which are ideal for nature walks (even in winter). This year, Hinton Ampner has created a ‘Fairy Tale Christmas’ with each of the ground floor rooms beautifully decorated around the theme of a famous Grimm fairy tale. A small shop will be selling traditional English sweets and the cafe will be selling Hansel and Gretel’s gingerbread house.

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