Blenheim Palace promises a Dickensian Christmas

Date Posted: 29/04/2013

School groups visiting Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire this winter can experience its Dickensian Christmas between 9th November and 13th December.

The Great Hall will be adorned with grand Christmas trees decorated in candles, baubles, and lanterns in the traditional reds, greens and golds associated with a Victorian Christmas. 

Dickensian scenes will be brought to life with ‘Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe’ windows for Victorian passers-by to peer into from the blistering winter outside. Lanterns and street lamps will lead the way past the Victorian shop windows; a grocers, a candle makers and glove shop, all set within the archways of the Great Hall.

The grand Saloon table will be set for a Christmas feast inspired by the classic Dickens story A Christmas Carol. In the Palace’s Chapel, scenes of Victorian carol singers will bring the magic of a Dickensian Christmas to life.

Highlights for a school trip to Blenheim

School groups will be able to enjoy a magical festive trail on the Miniature Train, specially decorated for Christmas, to the Pleasure Gardens where the Pleasure Gardens Deli will be serving warming drinks and festive treats.

The Children's Shop will be open providing pocket-money toys, treats and fancy dress costumes, and ‘Pottering About’ craft activities where children can make their own handmade crafts for Christmas presents.

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School Travel Organiser's Guide