Combine Christmas shopping with an inspirational day out

20 Nov 2019

National Trust Press Release
Issued on 19 November 2019

The National Trust offers a backdrop of historic mansions and glorious gardens for people’s Christmas shopping this year.  Not only can inspiration for stocking fillers and those perfect presents be found in the National Trust shops and second-hand book barns, Christmas markets are taking place over several weekends in November and December.
Barrington Court’s Christmas market is being held in the historic farm buildings on 30 November and 1 December (10.30am–3pm). People can get into spirit of the season with a warming drink before perusing the stalls.  From handmade crafts to local food, the market brings together a wealth of local traders.
In the National Trust shop people can pick up some of Barrington Court’s award-winning cider; with its honeycomb scent and smoky caramel taste, it makes the ideal gift for any cider lover.  There are also four permanent artisan workshops to discover, including Barrington Pottery’s timeless slipware and Andrew Clarke’s unique jewellery.
At Lytes Cary Manor, the pretty courtyard is the venue for a market focused on creative, small-scale crafters on 23 and 24 November (10am–4pm).  Lucy Litchfield will be there with her natural and ethical and soaps and bath bombs, made using locally sourced ingredients.  Stop by The Jam Shed for a delicious selection of preserves including Christmas chutney, cranberry and orange marmalade, and quince and medlar jelly.  It’s free to enter the market, and the tea-room will be serving up mulled cider or wine in case there’s a nip in the air.
Montacute House will be looking festive, especially with a 15-foot Christmas tree lit up in the Courtyard Café.  The award-winning Level’s Best farmer’s market is being held at Montacute on 30 November and 14 December (10am–2pm).  Fresh, artisan and traditionally made food and drink is the backbone of this market, with local crafts as well. Pick up your Christmas drinks, stock up on fabulous local cheeses and take home a sweet or savoury treat for lunch. 
And if the browsing is getting too much, then there is the opportunity to pull on wellies and head out for a walk on the glorious estates that surround these three special places – turning a shopping trip into a day to remember.
Visitors examining crafts at a market stall ©National Trust Images/John Millar
Montacute House in the frost ©National Trust/Pippa Gibson
View out to the estate at Lytes Cary Manor ©National Trust/Amy Callaghan
For further press information and images please contact:
Pippa Gibson / Clare Gascoigne Marketing & Communications, South Somerset, 01935 823289
Jo Atkins / Mia Taylor-Jones / Zoe Fletcher, National Trust SW Press Office, 01275 378452
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About Montacute House
Montacute is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone and surrounding gardens, it is a place of beauty and wonder. It is surrounded by extensive gardens and parkland and is situated just off the A303 near Yeovil, Somerset.
About Barrington Court
Attached to the beautiful village of Barrington and not far from the A303 and M5, Barrington Court is an atmospheric fragment of old Somerset.  It is an empty Tudor manor house, beautifully restored in the 1920s, by Colonel Lyle, whose family firm became part of Tate & Lyle.  Farm buildings, abundant flowers and orchards are surround by a productive estate producing award-winning cider and apple juice.
About Lytes Cary Manor
Lytes Cary Manor was originally the family home of Henry Lyte, where he translated the unique Niewe Herball book on herbal remedies.  Lytes Cary was then lovingly restored in the 20th century by Sir Walter Jenner.  The garden rooms contain a magical collection of topiary and herbaceous borders, while tranquil walks on the estate take you along the River Cary.  It is situated near Somerton, just off the A372 and one mile from the A303.
About the National Trust
The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces, and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy.  More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything the charity does. Entirely independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 778 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Almost 27 million people visit every year, and together with more than 5.6 million members and over 65,000 volunteers, they help to support the charity in its work to care for special places for ever, for everyone.
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