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Christmas at Duhnam Massey

I was invited for Christmas at Duhnam Massey* woodland trail. It was the first time I’ve been to a Christmas trail, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The woodland is transformed into a gorgeous magical place, with lots of lights and music in some parts. I picked only a few pictures to show, as I don’t want to share too much, but just to entice you to go and see the Christmas at Duhnam Massey for yourself. You can see the trail until 30 December.
If you want to visit Duhnam Massey during the day you still can, the trail is after hours. You can book your tickets from here.

Christmas at Duhnam Massey

The trail starts with this gorgeous Tunnel of Light, a canopy of over 100,000 pea-lights. It is an one mile loop in the woodland. Make sure, while you pass the House that you have a look around, you might be able to see a few of their deer. We saw three, all having a late night snack.

Mulled wine at Christmas at Duhnam Massey

When we saw the drinks stall before the trail, my husband said immediately I should get mulled wine. He knows I love having a cup of mulled wine when we are going to Winter Wonderland. He was driving, so he had a hot chocolate. The mince pies looked lovely too, but we’ve had a few earlier that day, so we only got drinks. There are a few more stalls, with food, and a carousel.

 Christmas at Duhnam Massey

Christmas at Duhnam Massey

Christmas at Duhnam Massey

Christmas at Duhnam Massey

 Christmas at Duhnam Massey

Visitors can toast marshmallows at this purpose-built fire pit. But, unfortunately, they didn’t have vegetarian marshmallows, or we would have tried them. It was a shame, as they had different flavoured marshmallows and looked lovely. The ladies selling the marshmallows said we were the 3rd ones to ask about a vegetarian option on the night. So they might bring some for future nights.

Christmas at Duhnam Massey

Christmas at Duhnam Massey

Duhnam Massey is in Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ. National Trust members will benefit from free car parking, but it must be booked in advance. Non-members pay £7 for parking. If you fancy doing the Christmas at Duhnam Massey trail, you should book your tickets as soon as you can, as some days are already sold out. You can also book Christmas meals at the Stables restaurant.
The prices are: £16.50 for adults in advance and £18.50 on the day. If you book online there is a booking fee of £2 or £2.50, but you are sure you can go on the trail. There are limited places, as you can imagine.

*I was invited. All the pictures and the opinions are my own.

8 Comment

  1. This looks like a really fun place to get in the holiday spirit! Thanks for your explanation on the vegetarian/vegan marshmallows. I never eat marshmallows anymore since I’m totally plant-based (basically vegan, but I do eat honey). Fortunately when my husband makes jelly for us (mayhaw) he doesn’t use any kind of pectin (which I presume has gelatin in it?) so it’s just sugar and fruit juice. Also, I found a place online this year where I could order gummy candies that are vegan!

    1. Thanks. Pectin is occurring naturally in fruits, so that’s ok if you want to buy desserts or jams with pectin. Extra pectin will thicken the jam faster, most likely needing less fruits, hence it appears in cheaper options of shop-bought jam.
      There are also vegan marshmallows, made with chickpea water, aquafaba, instead of egg whites. I tried a couple of times, but their texture wasn’t the best. Like with most things, needs some practice before is perfect. It’s easier to make fluff or meringues with it though.

      1. I’ve always been fascinated by aquafaba, but never tried using it. Good to know that about the pectin. I know it can make it too thick for my liking at times. I like my jelly (and I think our terminology might be different from y’all’s when it comes to jelly/jam, etc.) to be spoonable and spreadable.

  2. What a stunning tunnel of light, I imagine it looks magical. Lovely to have a bit of mulled wine on a cold evening. How nice to be able to toast marshmallows. Hope they bring in vegetarian-friendly marshmallows for the future visits.

  3. I have never been one before too. Look interesting.
    Also interesting to know that there is vegetarian marshmallows. I always thought marshmallows is vegan.

    1. It does look interesting indeed. Marshmallow are made of egg whites and gelatin, thus they aren’t vegetarian. Gelatin is made, usually, from cow/pig’s bones. A vegetarian alternative is agar agar, that is made out seaweed, but it has a different working temperature, so the recipes need adjusting.
      The same issue, from gelatin, is with gummy bears, mousse and mousse-type desserts.

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