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The festive season is officially arriving at Nottingham Castle from 1 December with a host of creative and sustainable ways in which visitors can enjoy the warmth and spirit of a traditional Christmas alongside amazing exhibitions that explore 1,000 years of the city’s history.

After entering the delightfully decked out visitor centre, guests can take part in an array of Christmas activities, all as part of the general admission price.

With a backdrop of twinkling festive lights and beautiful traditional decorations, guests can add to the castle “Communi-tree” – a display of messages from guests to loved ones who want to express thanks or appreciation this season. Visitors can then take part in sustainable paper craft activities for free including card, cracker and bauble making with inspiration from the festive characters and collection items present within the world-class galleries.

Those visiting on 18-19 December can also enjoy Dickensian Christmas re-enactments by Black Knight Historical. Charles Dickens himself will be reading excerpts from A Christmas Carol and musical duo Lily and George will lead a choir of festive carol singers. They will be joined by the amazing Dr Payne on his Penny Farthing machine, cheeky Victorian chimney sweeps, housekeepers and soldiers, as well as famous detective Sherlock Holmes who’ll be on the hunt for festive clues.

The visitor centre will be stocked full of decorations and gifts to purchase from local suppliers, each highlighted during the castle’s “Ayup, it’s Christmas!” campaign, making for the perfect final stop before heading home.  

From 1-24 December from 4-8pm, the historic gatehouse will also be lit with festive projections and a clock counting down to Christmas day.

Alex Broughton, marketing and communications manager at Nottingham Castle, said:

“The site is going to look magical, decked out with lights and real trees. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this festive experience as part of the general admission price with added discounts for residents and students - making it more affordable to visitors that want a fascinating, cultural day out with a sprinkling of traditional Christmas cheer.

“We’re excited to be able to offer activities that are both sustainable and celebratory of the amazing Nottingham community. We’re hoping guests will come along in costume and get into the spirit of the season, particularly when Black Knight Historical is on site on 18 & 19 December.”

As well as all activities forming part of the general admission ticket price, the castle’s popular “tickets for a tenner” also still applies. This offers a reduced rate for residents living in postcodes NG1 to NG9 and NG11 as well as 20% off for employees of Nottingham Bid levy payers and students. Plus, all guests from anywhere in the country can enjoy ten per cent off general admission ticket prices if they book in advance online.

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