Visitor Information
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt
Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

Christmas Illuminated Trail

December 15, 2019 3:30 pm - December 22, 2019 6:30 pm

Event Navigation

Christmas at Forde Abbey is a magical time of year, and this December we’ll be inviting you to share in the joy and wonder of the season with an enchanting trail around the gardens.

After dark, and with even more sparkle than before, we’ll be lighting the long borders, illuminating the champion trees and casting a magical shine over the house – Forde Abbey as you’ve never seen it before.

Inside the house, there’ll be festive cheer, the perfect time of year to gather around and enjoy the warmth of an open hearth.

Father Christmas will also be popping in everyday from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd December with a sackful of gifts. There are letters to sort and presents to wrap, so why not join him and his elves before he takes to the skies.

Enjoy a selection of festive favourites on the menu in the tearooms, and a selection of gifts from local suppliers on sale in the shop. Don’t forget to wrap up warm and to bring a torch.

As it’s the season of goodwill, we’d like to offer Forde Abbey members half price entry to our Christmas event. Please note that tickets must be bought at the entrance and are not valid with any other offer. (With prices starting at £30 for unlimited entry throughout the year, annual membership makes an ideal gift for Christmas).



Opening times for Christmas lights:

15th –  22nd December, 3.30pm – 6.30pm

Adult ticket: £10, Child (aged 5 – 15 years old); £5.

Ticket price includes entry to the house and gardens and the illuminated trail.


There will be a separate charge of £4 per child to visit Father Christmas, in addition to the entry ticket price.


December 15, 2019 3:30 pm
December 22, 2019 6:30 pm


Forde Abbey
Forde Abbey
Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU United Kingdom
01460 220231


Forde Abbey
01460 220231
Historic Houses