News release

For Immediate Release

Thursday 16 November

Make magical Christmas memories in a weekend of exciting family fun at Hartlebury Castle this December.

A Family Christmas is back for 2023 – and the event is more jampacked with festivities than ever. On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December, the Castle will be alive with seasonal music and enchanting decorations, and Mother Christmas will be waiting to greet families throughout the event.

Explore the Castle and Museum to discover all the hidden Nutcracker Soldiers – and there may even be a fairy to be found too! Families can also get stuck into Christmassy crafts and entertainment including biscuit decorating and circus skills. The festively decorated Victorian schoolroom will be ready and waiting for children to write those all-important letters to Father Christmas.

A winter walk around the historic moat is a lovely addition to the day; stop off at the bird hide to see what wildlife can be spotted on the way to the fantastic woodland playground. Refuel with a coffee, hot chocolate and homemade food at Hayley’s Kitchen café or settle into the lovely Orchard Picnic Area which has accessible benches.

Take some nature home with as Hartlebury Castle’s volunteer gardeners have been busy making beautiful wreaths available to purchase to adorn your door this Christmas.

“A Family Christmas is one of the biggest events of the year, and it’s lovely to see the children (and grown-ups!) have such a magical time enjoying the Castle and County Museum,” Pippa Ashmore, Events and Visitor Services Coordinator at Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle.

At Hartlebury Castle, visitors can discover the story of Worcestershire at the County Museum and explore the place the Bishops of Worcester called home for 1,000 years. Be immersed in history and nature in a great day out for all the family. Hartlebury Castle is signposted off the A449 just south of Kidderminster.

Visitors can book in advance and can plan their visit on Hartlebury Castle’s website:


Notes to editors

Image attached shows:

  1. A family with Father Christmas in the grotto

Opening hours

Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm. Weekends & Bank Holidays: 11am – 5pm.

Hartlebury Castle is open up to and including 23 December 2023. It is closed 24 December 2023 to 31 January 2024. Re-opens 1 February 2024.

For more information or further images please contact Alice Benbow, Museums Marketing Officer: / 01905 361828.