FESTIVE favourites are coming back to Coggeshall’s Markshall Estate this winter.

From wonderful winter wanders to Father Christmas’ woodland storytelling, there is something for all ages this holiday season.

Events kick off this weekend, with Father Christmas’ storytelling.

It is a new family event, running every weekend from November 27 to December 19.

Visitors can join the Christmas icon in his woodland hideaway as he reads them a yuletide tale of the magic of Christmas at Markshall Estate, with a special gift awaiting younger attendees.

A SEND friendly session will also be held on Saturday November 27.

There is also a series of evening talk events, starting off with guest speaker Professor James Raven FBA on Wednesday December 1.

The Trustee Emeritus of Markshall and Cambridge graduate will present 150 years of social history at and around Markshall Estate.

On Saturday December 4, visitors can find the perfect gift in the new Shop and Plant Centre, with the Festive Mini Market helping to celebrate Small Business Saturday.

Visitors can enjoy the festive atmosphere and meet local suppliers who will be on hand offering tasters and treats, from handmade decorations and foodie presents, to mistletoe cut fresh on the Estate.

Those creative minds hoping for an eco-friendly Christmas can join in with the wreath and decoration making workshops, on December 3-6 and 10-12.

Expert bushcraft and willow weaving artists will be on hand to help create a variety decorations and wreaths, made from materials harvested on the Estate.

At the historic Coach House on Saturday December 11 and 18, party-goers can enjoy festive party nights as they return to the estate, with a winter meal and plenty of dancing.

Also coming back for all the family is the Wild Wednesday on December 29.

All ages can turn-up and join the Markshall Estate Team in The Wild Wood.

They will be getting creative using the natural environment, making leaf puppets, flower painting and hammock building.

Visitors can explore the 2,350-acre Estate, its Arboretum and Woodland Walks six days a week, year-round, and for the first time, there will be newly extended opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period.

Markshall executive director Kath Cockshaw said: “In our 50th anniversary year of the Charity, we’re really looking forward to our winter events programme, including the much-anticipated Storytelling with Father Christmas series.

“The Team at Markshall Estate hope to spread some festive cheer for everyone to close out 2021.”