Annual Christmas Frost Fair returns to Hatfield House this week

The Old Palace at Hatfield House on a snowy day

The Old Palace at Hatfield House on a snowy day

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An annual Christmas fair opens at Hatfield House tomorrow.

The Christmas Frost Fair returns to the grounds of the Hertfordshire stately home from Thursday, November 16 to Sunday, November 19.

Held in The Old Palace, the childhood home of Elizabeth I, the Riding School, Stable Yard and heated marquees on Palace Green and George’s Car Park, the Christmas Frost Fair will feature up to 240 stands of exciting, unusual and original gift ideas for all the family.

Craftsmen and women will be showing off their skills, and choirs, dancers and street entertainers will be providing entertainment throughout the fair.

There will be a mouth-watering array of food and drink on offer, as well as mulled wine.

Wooden carvings at the Frost Fair at Hatfield House.Wooden carvings at the Frost Fair at Hatfield House.

Father Christmas will be in attendance on all four days, courtesy of Hatfield Rotary Club.

For those wanting to get creative, there will be drop-in workshops for Christmas decorations with flowers and greenery.

And hungry visitors can dine in The Coach House Restaurant or have a relaxing cup of tea or coffee in The Coach House Marquee.

The Hatfield House gift shop and Stable Yard shops will also be open.

Shoppers at the Frost Fair at Hatfield House last year.Shoppers at the Frost Fair at Hatfield House last year.

Open from 10am to 5pm each day, adult Frost Fair tickets cost £8 on the day, with accompanied children under-15 free.

• For more information, visit www.frostfair.co.uk and www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Shoppers at last year's Frost Fair at Hatfield House.Shoppers at last year's Frost Fair at Hatfield House.

The Frost Fair inside The Old Palace at Hatfield House.The Frost Fair inside The Old Palace at Hatfield House.

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