This year, The Bishop’s Palace will once again be celebrating the magic of the Christmas season over two weeks of festive fun!
From 8th until 23rd December, the rooms of the medieval Palace building will each be adorned with decorations on a different theme, from medieval through Victorian to Nordic. The Entrance Hall will be warmed by a roaring fire, and seasonal greenery and foliage from the Palace Gardens will be used to create stunning adornments to complement the historic interiors.
For younger visitors, a ticket can be bought to visit Father and Mother Christmas who will be meeting children in the Palace on 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd Dec. Each child will get individual time with Father Christmas, and of course, a gift! Tickets for Father Christmas can be purchased online from 1st October 2019, and always sell out in advance.
There will also be a Christmas-themed family trail which will take visitors through the Palace & Gardens, leading to a traditional nativity scene at the end. Family Christmas craft sessions will be taking place daily upstairs at the Palace, giving children the chance to create handmade decorations, perfect as a gift to granny or to adorn their own tree.
In addition, on Saturday 14th and 21st December Wells Theatre Company will be performing a costumed reading of Dickens atmospheric tale ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the Entrance Hall of the Palace at 11am and 2pm. The shows will last around an hour and will involve costumed actors, musicians and carol singers bringing this timeless tale to life in a wholly unique way around the medieval fireplace of the stunning Entrance Hall.
Each weekend there will be a selection of musical performances in the Chapel, based on Christmas themes and the café will be selling mulled wine and mince pies to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Entrance to Christmas at the Palace is included in standard admission, Father Christmas tickets are £10 per child and include admission for the child, and must be accompanied by a paying adult/member.