On Sunday we popped along to a local Christmas event that had been in my diary for months. Ted's friend from school's family own the Courteenhall Estate one of the most beautiful manor houses and grounds in South Northamptonshire which has been around since 1572!
We attended their summer fair this year and Ted and I enjoyed a tractor ride where we learnt about the Wake family farming and how they grow the wheat for popular breakfast cereals. When we heard they were hosting a Christmas weekend we were so excited. The estate is so lovely and the family and staff always make everyone feel so welcome.
Entrance to Christmas at Courteenhall was £3 per adult in advance and the Santa Experience was £12 which included a Reindeer Ranger hunt, Christmas Decoration craft, reindeer dusk making and meeting the big man himself in his carriage. There were also stalls selling unique gifts and Lemon Zest catering had a cafe selling delicious treats.
They also had real Christmas trees to purchase, we already have ours but they looked great and would have been a lot closer to bring it back home than the farm we got ours from last week (40 minutes with pine needles poking everyone in the sides).
We loved the Reindeer Hunt around the arboretum, matching the deer to their favourite colours was great fun. Ted got super glittery making his decoration and was amazed by Santa in his carriage. It was dark in the grotto lit by fairy lights which made it all the more magical. Slightly star struck Ted was lost for words but managed to tell Santa he wanted a skateboard for Christmas...guess who is off to find a skateboard this week?!
We finished the day off with snacks in the cafe where I had the best mince pie I have had all year and that is quite an achievement! We can't wait to see if they have an event next year.