Picton Castle and Gardens

Crafting at Picton

This week at Picton have become all crafty with Christmas wreath making sessions. One of our dedicated members of staff, Elsa, is a trained florist and she leads on the creation of the fabulous Christmas decorations in the Castle. This week she has also been running classes on making wreaths in our Studio Gallery.

People attending the sessions have been given demonstrations and assistance in making their own personalised wreath. We have provided the moss based frameworks on which these are built and the greenery has come from the gardens. There have been mountains of holly, ivy, laurel and soft green pine and other Victorian inspired decorative elements that we have also used in the Castle, such as dried organes, cinnamon sticks etc.

Many of the wreath makers have brought items from home to make each wreath highly personalised, such as reindeer, stars, and nut-cracker soldiers. The wreaths are generally huge and all the people attending seem to have been in high spirits, full of laughter and cake. Thank you to all the participants who have come and made the day so enjoyable, and to the ladies who kindly let us publish photos of them hard at work and their fabulous finished wreaths. It must be said that the only word to describe the day is riotous!

Next week we are really very pleased to have school trips coming to visit us for their Christmas trip treat. So many children in the Castle and Gardens really makes the place sparkle and fizz with festive excitement! We are going to be pulling out all the stops to ensure they have the most wonderful day with the owls, crafts, the Santa Trail, a visit to the Castle and of course, meeting the BIG MAN himself!!!

So we are all set for Christmas and all we need now is for the gales to stop and the snow to start!

This will be the last blog for 2019 but we have lots of ideas for new family activities, specialised events and tours so keep coming back to the our website, this blog and of course our Facebook page.

We would like to take the opportunity to wish all our visitors, volunteers, supporters and trustees a very




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