GARDENS CLOSED
Due to heavy rainfall the gardens are closed & will reopen on Wed 6 March. Shops & Cafes remain open daily.

The Making of Christmas

Planning for Christmas at Doddington begins as early as January and fills a large part of the year. By November the Hall is completely transformed and we have the fantastic opportunity to welcome visitors to explore the magic of the decorations. Join us behind the scenes to find out all about the making of Christmas at Doddington and the wonderful people we have to thank.

This year's theme: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Discover a truly mesmerising experience as you journey through ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ with spectacular scenes created by Doddington staff, volunteers, local artists and students from Lincoln College.

From a partridge in pear tree to drummers drumming, step into the classic carol as it unfolds over three floors of the Elizabethan Hall, with a Doddington twist of course!

This year we’ll be extending opening hours on selected dates into early evening, so visitors can make the most of twilight with the warm glow of decorations and twinkling fairy lights.

Decorations

Each room throughout the Hall has its own story to follow, all within the theme of The Twelve Days of Christmas. However, all rooms are connected in our ethos for our materials and decorations. 

It is within the sustainable aspirations of the estate that our creatives have made sure to use natural, recycled and upcycled resources wherever possible. This includes materials such as birch, willow, and bulrushes from our very own gardens and bike boxes from our Giant Lincoln bike shop.

Not only does this help us to limit the use of single use plastic and imported materials, it also helps us to celebrate the beauty and value of the resources of the estate.

Our Creatives

The logistics of drawing all the teams and the various elements of the displays together is huge,
so Hall Manager Hannah, along with Angus, Assistant Hall Manager and in-house creative lead, needs to keep detailed records of what is required where and when.

Amongst the employees of the Doddington Estate are some exceptionally talented individuals. This year, more than ever, they are the driving force behind the Hall’s ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ themed displays.

Our creatives are the talented designers and makers behind each room, who spend countless hours painting, building and installing wonderful decorations each year.

There are many people involved and each room has a dedicated creative. 

Find out more about some of our creatives below. 

Angus is our Assistant Hall Manager and in-house creative lead, working alongside Hall Manager Hannah. As well as having an overarching view of the creative direction, he also has the responsibility of creating ‘Six Geese A Laying’.

PIPPA & ABBIE

Pippa and Abbie are part of our very own team on the estate, who throughout the year employ their creativity to seasonal displays in our Doddington Country Clothing store. Pippa and Abbie create fun installations to spark the imagination.

Rachel Petheram of Catkin Flowers is based in our walled Kitchen Garden. Rachel is an artisan florist and teacher specialising in seasonal, British grown flowers. 

Bridget Bateson is responsible for flower arrangements in the Hall and will be contributing everything from the thistle posies to large scale arrangements in the Hall.

GARDEN TEAM

As well as installing all the Chirstmas trees throughout the Hall, the Garden Team are taking on their very own room this year with a playful scene for ‘Eight Maids a Milking’ in the Holly Bedroom.

Emma Beswick of Wilder Doddington and husband Chris have created two beautiful Turtle Doves. The Wilder Team are creating a suitable setting of dried rushes and reeds gathered from across the estate.

Lumo Workshop is the collaboration of Theatre Designer Maker Lou Jones and Visual Artist Nadya Monfrinoli. Based in Welbourn, they work primarily in 3D creations and light / digital effects. 

HOUSE OF PROPS

James Richards is a graduate of LAMDA and works locally as a scenic carpenter specialising in film and TV. From the Eiffel Tower to spinning ballerinas, James has undertaken much of the design and carpentry work this year.

HOWELL THOMAS

Howell Thomas is a professional designer and Production Arts lecturer. Each year, Howell and his team of students from Lincoln College transform the Long Gallery – at 96 feet long and 22 feet wide it is the largest room in the Hall. 

the estate team

We are also grateful to have many more fantastic team members on the estate who help with our Christmas installations each year.

Our Garden team pull off extraordinary feats each Christmas. Responsible for all of the trees in the Hall, they freshly cut Christmas trees from our woodland and install them on each of the three floors of the Hall.

Our Maintenance team are invaluable with the installation, lighting, safety and more –  helping to bring ideas into reality.

Our housekeeping and conservation team assist with installations, finishing touches and the constant upkeep of the displays.

Hall volunteers also play a hugely important role not only with stewarding rooms and bringing our Christmas stories to life but also handcrafting stunning decorations.

Even our Farm Shop team have been busy wrapping presents behind the tills! 

CHRISTMAS AT DODDINGTON

18 November – 22 December

Discover a truly mesmerising experience as you journey through ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ with spectacular scenes created by Doddington staff, volunteers, local artists and students from Lincoln College. From partridges in pear trees to drummers drumming, step into the classic carol as it unfolds over three floors of the Elizabethan Hall, with a Doddington twist of course!

Our previous creations

Delve into our Christmas archives…