Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens has announced its winter programme. This season’s lineup promises a diverse range of events that cater to all ages and interests, with the gardens and 24-acre estate remaining a hub of activity and enchantment even as the winter chill sets in.
The programme includes Wreath Workshops from 24th to 26th November and 1st to 3rd December. Guests will have the opportunity to create their own festive wreaths, guided by expert florists, amidst the inspiring surroundings of the gardens.
As the evenings draw in, the gardens will come alive with Leonardslee Illuminated, a spectacular light display that weaves through the landscape from 24th November to 21st December. This event promises to be a visual feast, transforming the natural beauty of Leonardslee into a night-time wonderland.
For those seeking tranquillity, Forest Bathing on 21st December offers a chance to reconnect with nature. This guided experience draws on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, encouraging participants to absorb the forest atmosphere for health and wellbeing.
Adding a touch of humour to the winter festivities, the Leonardslee Comedy Club: Christmas Special on 22nd December will feature a lineup of top-tier comedians, ensuring an evening of laughter and fun in Leonardslee House.
The Christmas Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House from 1st to 24th December offers a classic British experience. Guests can indulge in a selection of festive treats and teas in the elegant setting of the historic Leonardslee House.
Creative spirits will enjoy the Bauble Decorating Workshop with Art Styles Academy on 4th December, where bespoke ornaments will be crafted, ready to adorn the Christmas tree. Then the Crepe Paper Flower Workshop: Poinsettia on 7th December invites guests to create lifelike poinsettias from crepe paper, a perfect addition to any festive decoration.
For those interested in arts and crafts, the Festive Christmas Candle Making session on 8th December offers the chance to make bespoke candles, scented with the fragrances of the season. The Arm Knitting Blanket Workshop on 10th December is set to be a cosy affair, with participants learning to knit their chunky blankets, perfect for winter evenings.
Lastly, the Little Crafters event on 13th December provides an opportunity for pre-schoolers to engage in crafts, fostering creativity in the youngest of visitors.
Winter at Mannings Heath Estate
Just three miles from Leonardslee, Mannings Heath Estate will host its Best Shared Christmas Party Nights, on 24th November and 8th December, for a series of evenings where the spirit of communal celebration takes centre stage.
Visitors to Mannings can also join the Christmas Wreath Making Workshop on December 1, 2023. Led by expert florist Kate Wright, guests will have the chance to create their own unique festive wreaths. Don't miss out on this creative and festive experience.
As December arrives, guests can enjoy Christmas Lunch, available from 1st to 24th December. This offers a classic English Christmas lunch, presented with a modern touch and served in the estate’s luxurious setting.
To welcome the New Year, Mannings Heath offers The Best New Year’s Eve Party, taking place on 31st December. This event showcases Mannings Heath’s dedication to providing a luxurious and celebratory experience, promising a memorable evening of dancing and joy as guests ring in the new year.
Visit: www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk and www.manningsheath.com