CHRISTMAS activities for all the family will be held at Lacock this year.

For those looking for somewhere special to escape the high street crowds this Christmas the National Trust village will have lots going on throughout the festive season.

From Saturday November 30 the Great Hall will be decked out for the season with its roaring open fire, and visitors can enjoy a stroll in frosty winter gardens or peaceful cloister walks.

Lacock Abbey’s traditions of a fire and a decorated Christmas tree in the Great Hall have been going for a long time.

Christmas trees decorated by local community groups and charities on the theme of a sustainable Christmas will line the cloister walks and rooms.

Twinkly lights will add a warm glow, creating a peaceful festive atmosphere.

Community groups taking part this year include Wise Owl Pre-school, Riding for the disabled, Dorothy House Hospice, Melksham and district Flower Arrangers, Knit and Natter, Lacock craft group, Lacock School, Lacock WI, Notton House School, Doorway project, St Cyriac’s Little Lambs, 1st Lacock Cubs and Beavers, Neston Rainbows and Brownies, Springboard, Dementia friends, Trowbridge Primary School, Chippenham care home volunteers – plus a tree decorated entirely by visitors.

Mel Worman, visitor experience manager at Lacock Abbey said: “It will be a lovely experience for visitors because there will be a story behind each tree.

“It looks beautiful, as each tree is lit with fairy lights and we have been decorating the cloisters with greenery from the Abbey gardens.

“We’re so pleased to welcome back the local groups, including a few new faces.”

Visitors can check out the decorations inspired by the theme of a sustainable Christmas in the annual community Christmas tree festival, and warm themselves with the knowledge that each magical day at Lacock Abbey supports the National Trust’s work as a charity looking after special places for future generations to enjoy.

Artist Maggie Taylor returns to the Fox Talbot Museum with Through the Looking Glass exhibition. Using her point and click camera, flatbed scanners and Photoshop, she creates digital art.

You can pick up some presents or decorations at the National Trust pop-up shop in Lacock's Manger barn.

Enjoy some festive retail therapy at Lacock this Christmas and browse the range of gifts and decorations and taste some festive samples, including lots of local produce.

Then make the most of your visit by exploring Lacock's lovely local shops, all a short walk away, or pop into the Stables Café opposite for tasty seasonal treats.

Christmas activities at Lacock are best visited on Thursdays and Fridays, November 30 - January 5, 11am-4pm.

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