Monday, December 11, 2023

Burghley’s Christmas Fair returns

Burghley House’s festive fair is set to be even bigger this year with more seasonal stalls in the Elizabethan house’s stately surroundings.

One of the region’s largest markets, Burghley’s Christmas Fair returns with 150 exhibitors, an extra late night shopping date and evening entertainment from 1940s singers.

With the historic house as a stunning backdrop, the Fair will run from 23 until 26 November, with the courtyards and grounds around the 16th Century house taking on a festive feel for the popular seasonal shopping spectacular.

Once again, the event will feature traditional chalets and heated marquees, along with an avenue of pagodas bedecked in Christmas decorations and lights… plus, the chance of a few snow flurries too, whatever the weather.

New for 2023 will be the ‘Garden Courtyard’, which will host additional Christmas chalets, while shoppers will, for the first time, have extra browsing time on two days, with stalls staying open until 8pm on Thursday and Friday.

Over the years the annual event has gained a well-earned reputation for offering a wide selection of products, many from artisan makers, including a range of stocking fillers, luxury gifts, handmade decorations, winter clothing and homewares.

No Christmas event would be complete without food and drink, and among foodie treats on offer this year will be everything from traditional mulled wine and indulgent hot chocolate, along with cocktails on tap, to warming raclette – a traditional Swiss cheese dish – and sweet and savoury crepes.

The Fair will be open from 9.30am – 8pm Thursday and Friday and 9.30am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost £10 adults and £5 children (3-15 years), and must be booked in advance, with no ticket sales on the gate. Visitors will also be able to book an arrival timeslot to minimise queues and crowds. For full details, visit

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