Santa pokes his head out of a door


Join Father Christmas in his woodland hideaway and get comfy as he reads you a yuletide tale of the magic of Christmas at Markshall Estate. A special gift awaits, just for you.

Meet the woodland elves as they guide you to Father Christmas’s tree covered nook, in the heart of the Arboretum. Decorated with twinkly lights, settle in to hear a festive tale from the man himself, all about his recent visit to Markshall Estate.

Before you go, Father Christmas will have a special gift for you to take home.

The Orchard Kitchen café will also be open throughout the day, serving festive homemade refreshments. Head to our Shop and Plant Centre for all your gifting essentials from local suppliers, including wreaths from A&J Plants and mistletoe cut fresh on the Estate.

Your tickets include entry into the Arboretum before or after your visit to Father Christmas. Meet your festive helper just inside the Arboretum gate. Wear sturdy shoes and wrap up warm as our woodland hideaway is outdoors. Suitable for children of all ages

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Venue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding receptions


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions


Road Directions

By Road:Between B1024 and A120 North of Coggeshall. Follow the brown signs from A120 Coggeshall Bypass.The nearest railway station is Marks Tey, which is 3 miles away.

Storytelling with Father Christmas at Markshall Estate

Type:Christmas - Santa

Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG

Tel: 01376 563796

Fax: 01376 563132

Opening Times

Season (4 Dec 2021 - 5 Dec 2021)
Season (11 Dec 2021 - 12 Dec 2021)
Season (18 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021)
Season (21 Dec 2021 - 24 Dec 2021)

* Please see website for further details.