Make the most of the run-up to Christmas
09 November 2019
There's some compensation for the shortening days as Christmas Markets set up in towns and cities across the UK. The shopping is only part of the experience: it's a chance to brighten up the gloom with festive lights, the scent of gluhwein and smoke from roasting chestnuts.
At Wolsey Lodges your hosts will always know what is going on, where and when. They'll tell you where to go and how to get there. It's one of the things that makes Wolsey Lodges special, the fact that your hosts are fully immersed in local life and share their knowledge with guests.
Take Nicki Dalton from Hrempis Farm. As she serves a full English breakfast in front of her dining room's log fire she has the following suggestions for making the most of the Christmas celebrations across the East Midlands.
Nottingham's Winter Wonderland
Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland has been voted by Vogue as the No 1 Christmas market in the UK. With an ice rink, ice bar, fairground rides and traditional European style Christmas market it opens on November 15 and runs through until the end of January. Best of all, it's only 20 minutes from Hrempis Farm.
Staying closer to Hrempis Farm and there is a wealth of other events to choose from. The National Trust properties at Calke Abbey and Belton House have magical Christmas themed events and speciality food fairs. The East Midlands is a foodies heaven one of the best food fair at this time of year is the Melton Victorian Fayre, running from Friday, 29th November across the weekend.
The market towns of Loughborough, Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford all have their special events and of course Chatsworth, the estate that really launched Christmas themed opening events has announced this year’s theme of a journey around the globe and Lands Far Far Away.
Even closer to home Belvoir Castle’s Christmas Extravaganza is a not to be missed event - its setting really is a fairytale castle.
And when all the shopping is done, what better way to relax than with tea by a roaring log fire at Hrempis Farm.
There are other Wolsey Lodges in this area. They include Horseshoe Cottage Farm in Cropston, Woodlands Retreat in Barton-under-Needwood, Bridge Hill House in Belper on the Derwent and Glendon House in Matlock. Each has their own individual appeal.
Many of these lodges are also close to Birmingham, where the Frankfurt Christmas Market is already underway. This is the largest German Christmas Market outside Germany and Austria, and runs until the 23rd December. Woodlands Retreat is just half an hour away, but feels a different world - and in a very good way. There are other festivals closer to Woodlands Lodge, including the Festive Food and Gift Fair at the National Memorial Arboretum (10 mins away) on Saturday, 30th November from 9.00am. and the Lichfield Christmas Food & Drink Festival in Lichfield city centre (15 mins away) on Saturday, 7th December 9.00 till 4.00pm.