Celebrate the Winter Solstice at the stunning Tatton Park Gardens

The days are going to get longer!

By Natalie Rees | Last updated 22 December 2023

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Wild Rumpus launch of Yuletide at Tatton Park

After what feels like months of dark mornings and even darker evenings, the days will start to get longer after tomorrow’s Winter Solstice. We could weep with joy.

The shortest day (and longest night) of the year takes place on Friday 22 December, and officially marks the start of the winter season in the northern hemisphere.

Tatton Park Gardens will host a special event in celebration of the ancient ritual, welcoming families as part of their new festive Yuletide experience – encompassing an outdoor Christmas festival and winter light trail.

Celebrating festive folklore and forgotten traditions, the event will feature a night of live music, torchlight processions and roaming puppets bringing the story to life.

Wrap up warm and huddle around the campfire to hear stories, toast marshmallows and watch fire jugglers. There will also be food vendors serving up tasty, seasonal grub and mulled wine.

Kids can also meet ‘The Lord of Misrule’ who ensures there is fun at every turn, sing a song with a skeleton horse and share their Christmas wishes with the Yulegoat elves.

The celebration is brought to Tatton by the award-winning outdoor arts team at Wild Rumpus. Director Rowan Cannon said: “People have been marking the Winter Solstice for thousands of years, and now families have the chance to do it at Tatton Park.”

He added: “It’s an opportunity to celebrate the beauty of winter and the start of the days getting longer. We’ll be celebrating with a special torchlit procession, as well as fire juggling, lots of music and storytelling. It’ll be such a cosy event to come to just before Christmas.”

Tickets are on sale now at with time slots available between 3pm and 7.30pm on Friday 22 December.