We meet up with our friends at Mottisfont National Trust today, we wanted to complete their 12 Days Of Christmas trial and to see all the lovely things they have done for Christmas.

I have only ever done an Easter and Summer trail at Mottisfont, so was looking forward to seeing what Mottisfont was like at Christmas.

Picking up a 12 Days of Christmas booklet at the start you can follow the trail all around, all of it means you can stick to the path, and in the house, so you don’t have to get too muddy….just watch out for the bog climbing area!

A partridge in a pear tree 

Two Turtle Doves

Three French Hens

Four Calling Birds

Five Golden Rings

Six Geese a Laying – A game of throwing eggs into the baskets!

Seven Swans a Swimming – There was the other 4 behind these ones!

Eight Maids a Milking – This one was milk pouring out!

Nine Ladies Dancing – This was set inside the house, which was stunning. A huge Christmas tree, with the biggest baubles on the tree!

They also had 9 stunning little dresses as dance costumes, these are representing the 9 ladies dancing.

Ten Lords a Leaping – Sorry I didn’t get a picture of this one, this was a craft activity, but it was too busy when we went in so was going to come back, but never made it back!

Eleven Pipers Piping – Hope your ready for this one, super noisy!

12 Drummers Drumming 

This was the full trail, but you could also have a walk around the house and grounds.

The kids could dress up, and show off in front of the mirror!

Explore the maids area of the house, make sure you peep into the bathroom…….!

Take a walk around the grounds, if you walk around the fields and follow it around to the back of the river, you will find some fun things for the kids to do as well!

A perfect place to play ‘pooh sticks’

A fantastic water play area, shallow enough for the kids to play in but fun enough for them to enjoy. Kids love anything to do with water!!

Working as a team to stop and start the flow of water from each area.

This is the area to avoid if you don’t want them getting muddy, it is a climbing bog, and bog was the perfect name for it! Mine were covered in mud by the end, but they were happy and washed them off in the shallow water afterwards.

We had a lovely few hours at Mottisfont, and would recommend you going along. We have a National Trust membership, so can visit for free each time.

Country Kids



  1. I love the dancers’ dresses, just beautiful. Our local NT Dyffryn Gardens also did a 12 days of Christmas trail so it is interesting to see which ones are similar and which ones are different. We went twice as it was so fab! x

  2. I love the look of the trail – we’re hoping to do a Christmassy trail at one of our local Nationsl Trust properties over the holidays. Can’t beat a few hours in the fresh air and a game of Pooh sticks is always fun 🙂 #countrykids

  3. What a wonderful idea for a trail and Mottisfort have done it so well with some fantastic structures. We are doing an elf trail this year but this looks so much better again, I may have to see if I can do a mini version next year. Looks like it kept all your gang busy. Some wonderful photos to remember your day.

    Merry Christmas to you all and thank you for joining me for #CountryKids

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