11 Nov-10 Dec 2006. Blenheim Palace, historic family home of the Duke of Marlborough, opens its doors to the public over the Christmas season. Visitors can wander through the Great Hall, the Long Library and the Saloon, which will be decked out with Victorian decorations, while a traditional nativity scene will be set in the chapel. Carol singers, organists and brass bands will perform on weekends in the palace courtyards. A crafts fair, Living Crafts for Christmas, will be held 17-19 Nov (10.00-17.00, www.livingcrafts.co.uk). Christmas gifts and stocking fillers can also be found in the Blenheim Palace shops, with home-made produce, toiletries, books and handcrafts on offer. Christmas trees grown on the Blenheim estate will be on sale from 2 Dec. Refreshments and afternoon teas are available from the Terrace Caf and the Pleasure Gardens Caf. Admission palace, park & gardens 12, seniors 9.50, children 6.50, family ticket 31. Weds-Sun 10.30-17.30. Last admission 16.45.
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Christmas at Blenheim Palace.
Blenheim Palace is located at Woodstock, eight miles north of Oxford on the A44 Evesham road. Bus 20 from Oxford British Rail station leaves every 30 minutes for Woodstock. Free car parking is available. Tel. +44 (0) 8700 602080 operations@blenheimpal
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