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Music, gifts, wreaths and rides at Fulham Palace

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Image captionImage 1: Christmas stall in the grounds of Fulham Palace. PICTURE: MARCUS DAWES

The festive season is getting into full swing at Fulham Palace as it prepares for a series of sparkling events including its annual Christmas Fair, wreath making and historic Yuletide guided tours.

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Image caption: Image 2: Children can enjoy free activities including storytelling and crafts. PICTURE: MARCUS DAWES

The historic house and botanical garden will be transformed on Saturday and Sunday (3-4 December) from 10am to 4pm into a festive family wonderland. The fair hosts carol singers, sweet treats, a tombola, seasonal gifts and craftmaking sessions.

The event in Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham, will also feature a market with more than 65 stalls packed with produce from mulled wine and mince pies to handmade wreaths and garlands, as well as jewellery, clothes and home decorations.

Children can enjoy free activities including storytelling and crafts, while the fair will also host face painting, swing boats, traditional fairground games and a miniature Ferris wheel.

Visitors can join in the merriment by singing along to classic Christmas carols performed by local choirs in the Palace’s historic Tudor courtyard.

Meanwhile, Bishop Sherlock’s room will feature more intimate performances from instrumentalists and musicians.

Fulham Palace’s garden stall will be selling handcrafted Christmas wreaths made by the venue’s gardeners and volunteers, while the museum shop will also stock festive decorations and gifts.

Tickets for the Christmas Fair (£5 adults/ £3 children/£14 family) can be pre-booked online at the Fulham Palace website.

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Image caption: Image 3: Fulham Palace Christmas Fair in full swing. PICTURE MARCUS DAWES

An evening for adults

Adults looking for a more relaxed Christmas fair experience can browse the stalls while sipping on a complimentary glass of prosecco during an evening preview event on Friday (2 December) from 6pm to 8.30pm.

Continuing the festive extravaganza, special guided tours are being held on Tuesday 6 December and Wednesday 7 December from 11am to 12.15pm to delve into the Yuletide history of Fulham Palace.

From feasts in the Tudor period to Victorian Christmas carols, discover how Christmas has been celebrated at the Palace throughout the ages during the fascinating tour, priced at £8.

To find out more about the venue and book tickets for any of its festive events visit the Fulham Palace website.

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