CHRISTMAS has landed at the popular Markshall Estate, as festive events have begun at the attraction.

Visitors to the estate will be treated to a variety of Christmas-themed events throughout December.

Events kicked off with storytelling by Father Christmas.

The new family event runs every weekend until December 19.

Visitors can join Santa in his woodland hideaway as he reads them a Yuletide tale of the magic of Christmas, with a special gift awaiting youngsters.

Markshall executive director Kath Cockshaw said: “The much-anticipated Storytelling with Father Christmas series is well underway following its disappointing postponement due to Covid restrictions last year.

“Father Christmas will be welcoming thousands of visitors to his woodland hideaway in December, and the event runs every week right up until Christmas Eve so there’s still plenty of time to meet the man himself before the big day.”

There are craft workshops on December 10-12, where bushcraft and willow-weaving artists will helping create decorations and wreaths made from materials harvested on the estate.

At the Coach House, on December 11 and 18, visitors can enjoy festive party nights.

Wild Wednesday returns on December 29, when visitors and the Markshall team using the Wild Wood's natural environment for leaf puppets, flower painting and to make hammocks.

The 2,350-acre estate, its arboretum and woodland walks are open six days a week.

Kath added: “With the estate in full winter colour, we’re happy we can bring a bit of festive cheer for everyone to close out 2021.”