Holly King

Holly King – An ancient Pagan midwinter celebration – Sunday 23 December. £10.00 per person

10.30am – 11.30am – SOLD OUT

12.30pm – 1.30pm  – SOLD OUT

2.30pm – 3.30pm – SOLD OUT

A special experience for parents and children to join the ancient midwinter celebration of the Holly King. In the dark, cold days of midwinter the holly tree grows green in forest. When the summer trees have lost their leaves, the Holly King stands guard over the forest and its birds and animals, caring for them during the winter.

We celebrate the vigil of the Holly King, reminding us that although the nights are long now, the season will turn and the green leaves of spring will come again. The Holly King is hope for the coming year.


We welcome small groups to come and hear the story of the Holly King, told sitting by the fire in a warm roundhouse, and meet the Holly King.

When you arrive, we will work together to create a special gift for the Holly King, each child bringing a hand-made present to help the Holly King through the long winter. We walk along the the paths to the roundhouse, and enter the Holly King’s winter forest, following our guide to the storyteller’s fire.

Gathering around the fire, sitting on wooden benches, we hear the story of the Holly King, told by Jenny Wren. She will tell the story of how the Holly King stands guard over the winter forest and brings hope to everyone for the coming year.

As the sky darkens and the stars come out, the Holly King arrives. The children will then give the Holly King the special gifts they have made to help him. There will a chance to take photos of the children with the Holly King.

As the Holly King returns to forest, we trace our way back from the roundhouse, along the pathways, back to where we began, with hope for the coming year.

Please note that the site will be closed to all other visitors during this ticket-only event. Visitors will be booked in for a one-hour event. Please arrive a little before the start time.

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