From the National Trust’s web site
Inside and out, magical delights await. There will also be an advent trail through the park and gardens and in the restaurant warm up with a festive treat. The shop has all sorts of lovely gifts for family and friends.”
Starting point Towsure ,Holme Lane, Hillsborough S6 4JR 10:00 for 10:30 departure.
Towsure will give P&P an extra discount off their already competitive prices on the day
Our route will take us on a scenic route to Eyam, the Plague Village, where we will stop for about an hour, once parked in the Parish Council car park, (a donation is requested) near the toilets there are a number of things to do and places to visit. The craft shop and cafe will be open, but Eyam Hall will be closed,there are two cafes at the other end of the village. Whilst walking down the main street past the plague cottages, visit the church yard and see if you can find ‘The Cricketers Grave’
Then its onto Hardwick Hall, more Glass than Wall, where you will find plenty of Christmas cheer.
Step into the Hall amidst an abundance of lights and magical scenes not to forget.
As you walk through the entrance hall, two 16ft sparkling Christmas trees welcome you. Lights of all kinds will keep the Hall aglow as you make your way up the stairs and through the rooms opened up especially for Christmas. The theme of advent and the anticipation of Christmas follows throughout and young visitors can pick up an advent trail to take around with them.
In the Drawing Room and Dining Room we’ve some special surprises waiting for you.
Get Christmas crafty
Below stairs in the serving room craft activities will be available for children to join in with every weekend,11.30am – 3pm. Suitable for all ages, the first four weekends will be making Christmas decorations using upcycled materials, and on the last weekend there will be reindeer headbands. There’s a small donation of 50p per item suggested.
Create something special to take home for Christmas
The festive feel continues outside
Outside, the path along the West Court is adorned with specially made willow sculptures each for you to peep inside to discover a Christmas surprise. The teardrop sculpture designs have been modelled on one of the motifs carved around the windows of the Hall. See if you can spot the inspiration.
Out on the lawn of the South Terrace will be our sleigh pulled by willow reindeer. Hop in for a festive photo. Come and have photo with our willow reindeer and sleigh
The theme of advent continues out into the park where a trail of discs are hidden amongst the trees along Lady Spencer’s Walk, revealing how we look after the park.
This year we have created an outdoors undercover eating area where the plants sales shop is normally to be found. You can enjoy a snack and a drink from the kiosk away from the elements. Dogs are welcome.
Trees, gingerbread and gifts
In the Stableyard you can buy your Christmas tree from the cartshed. We have a range of types, shapes and sizes available and by purchasing your tree from us you will be helping to look after Hardwick.
The shop has all sorts of things to choose from that make for some lovely gifts with a selection for foodies, gardeners, outdoors lovers, home birds, fashionistas and more. There is also a great range of decorations and Christmas cards.
To put the final sparkle to your visit, head to the Great Barn restaurant for a festive treat or seasonal bite. Whilst you’re there, don’t forget to look out for our centrepiece ginderbread house, created by the team at Hardwick.
See what marvellous gingerbread creation the Hardwick team have come up with this year
The run will finish with a Sunday afternoon Carvery at Riverside, Chesterfield.
Please download the Route Card and bring it with you, this is a Health and Safety requirement
Another MX5 Owners Club Area will be in the area, please make sure you follow the Peaks and Pennines convoy!!