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Festive family days out with the National Trust

PUBLISHED: 17:49 01 December 2014 | UPDATED: 17:49 01 December 2014

Children meet Santa, as part of Ickworth Christmas Sparkle event, Suffolk.

Children meet Santa, as part of Ickworth Christmas Sparkle event, Suffolk.

©National Trust Images/Warren Page

The National Trust has plenty of activities to put you in the festive mood among them the ever-popular Christmas Sparkle at Ickworth, a family day out for children aged 18 months to eight years.

Make decorations, crackers, treats and sweets, enjoy stories and gifts from Father Christmas. Saturdays and Sundays from December 6 until Christmas, with an extra day on Monday, December 22. Advance booking is strongly advisable for children’s tickets, £8 per child. Tel: 0844 249 1895.

After the feasting you can burn off some seasonal calories at Flatford’s Christmas Caper, a four-mile, 2.5 hour guided ramble through the beautiful landscape of the Dedham Vale, following ancient footpaths and lanes through the winter landscape. Saturday December 27, starting 10.30am. Booking is essential, tickets are £6.50 each.

Bookings for both events can be made online or by calling 0844 249 1895. For more information about other Christmas events www.nationaltrust.org.uk/eastofengland

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