The Gingerbread Christmas at Leeds Castle
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The magic of Christmas descends upon the entire Leeds Castle Estate this December
Teaming up with Biscuiteers, the celebrated hand-iced biscuit company, Leeds castle have created an edible world of biscuitty delights to decorate the Castle rooms for the festive season. Discover a stunning new Christmas presentation and see the 900 year old Castle transformed into a delicious gingerbread theme with beautiful decorations and a central display to take your breath away.
The showcase piece on display in the Seminar Room will be a two metre long Dolls House interpretation of Leeds Castle with eight 1930s and Tudor period rooms with highly recognisable features and colours of the Castle, all made entirely from hand-iced gingerbread.
Christmas trees will be beautifully decorated around the Castle, each with delicious Biscuiteers gingerbread decorations to match the history of the room. The hand-made gingerbread decorations will include Royal symbols such as the pomegranate for Katherine of Aragon in the Queen’s Gallery and the Tudor Rose symbols in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall. The intricate attention to detail continues throughout the Castle with a gingerbread nativity scene in the Entrance Hall and Henry VIII and his wives in the Inner Hall.
Children will love the Gingerbread Quest as they search for clues throughout the Woodland Walk, Castle and adventure playgrounds to find all the Henry VIII Biscuiteers Jolly Gingers. On the way around look out for the real reindeer staying at Leeds Castle until they are needed for more pressing matters on Christmas Eve.
As part of the entrance ticket visitors are free to explore the Christmas Market on the Cedar Lawn and discover an array of seasonal gift ideas, toys, decorations and delicious local food and drink produce. Enjoy a warming hot chocolate or mulled wine and a ride on the carousel or Ferris wheel with spectacular views of the beautiful moated Castle. The ticket also includes falconry demonstrations at weekends during term time and every day during school holidays, wildlife walks in the beautiful 500 acre estate, adventure playgrounds and the yew Maze and Grotto.
And if that's not enough, Castle Florist will help keen amateurs prepare for Christmas with Christmas Wreath Making workshops on 26 to 28 November.
To book Christmas Workshops visit the Leeds Castle website www.leeds-castle.co.uk/events or call the Box Office on 01622 880 008.
Annual tickets cost £24 for adults; £21 for seniors and visitors with disabilities (carer goes free); £16 for children (under 4’s free). Annual tickets are valid for 12 months so you can pay once and visit all year round. Day tickets are also available to purchase on the day of your visit or in advance online. Adults cost £19, concessions £16 and children £11.
Leeds Castle is located near Maidstone in Kent just off Junction 8 of the M20 within easy reach of London. Grounds open at 10am daily and the Castle is open from 10.30am. Last admission is 4.30pm and gates close at 6pm.