It wouldn’t be Christmas without The Argory

The Argory decorated at Christmas. Picture by Bernie Brown
The Argory decorated at Christmas. Picture by Bernie Brown
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Celebrate traditions old and new at The Argory this Christmas. With exciting and beautiful winter wonderlands to discover, Christmas fairs to enjoy, festive entertainment, mulled punch, mince pies and Santa Claus, The Argory has it all wrapped up.

The magnificent Victorian estate will once again come to life at the annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 5 December and Sunday 6 December from 11.30am-5.30pm.

Experience what life was like for the MacGeough Bond family and their servants as they prepare for the festive period. See the house in a whole new light, dressed in traditional Victorian décor and hear how the family celebrated Christmas in the 1800’s.

This year, the Courtyard will be packed with over 40 craft, food and gift stalls, stocking locally produced and festive goods including home furnishings, handbags, hats, candles, crafts and more. Local and family run business Long Meadow Cider will be selling their craft and artisan ciders made from 100% natural apple juice. Amberline Preserves will also join the list of this years’ traders. The award winning artisan makers of speciality diabetic-friendly preserves and syrups make their products using locally foraged and eco-grown fruit and blossoms. Made with Love will also be selling their unique range of jams, chutney and marmalades. Another new addition to the 2015 line up is Timeless Treasures; an interior and giftware shop from Dungannon selling quality pieces for the home and a full range of Annie Sloan products.

Visitors can stock up on seasoned firewood for the cold winter months and choose from the beautiful range of Christmas trees. This year’s event will also feature a food quarter including sweet and savoury crepes, beef burgers and hot dogs, spit hog roast and speciality teas and coffees.

There will be a traditional carousel and face painting for the children and Santa himself will make an appearance and this year will be taking good boys and girls on a unique horse and carriage ride around the estate. Coalisland and St. Mark’s silver bands will transport visitors to a bygone age with the sounds fabulous festive entertainment. Performances from St. Patricks Grammer School and Clonmore Choirs will complete the weekends’ entertainment.

For magic and memories this Christmas, visit The Argory. For further information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/argory or facebook.com/NationalTrustMidUlster.