Inspire Me

Kenilworth Castle in frost

Inspire me

Find ideas for things to do this season, read our latest blog posts and news stories, plus keep up with us on social media to plan your weekends. Go in depth and discover our historic gardens, travel guides, historic walks, Victorian recipes and more. Your autumn inspiration is right here.

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Things to do in December

There's lots to explore in December as the colder weather transforms our historic places into winter wonderlands and our season of festive events gets underway.

Make your own Christmas wreath with the guidance of our expert, discover how the Courtaulds prepared for the celebrations at Eltham Palace, or experience a WWII Christmas at Dover Castle every weekend.

Plus, there's still time to book your place on our new Enchanted Gardens events, as our historic gardens are transformed with a trail of light and colour.

More things to do this month

Victorian winter warmers

As the colder nights draw in, November is the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen – with a Victorian twist! With the guidance of Mrs Crocombe at Audley End House, have a go at some authentic Victorian recipes. 

Brew the perfect cup of tea, bake some Victorian biscuits, or cook up a curry worthy of Queen Victoria for your family.

Explore our Victorian Recipes

Latest stories from our blog


When Paul Catherall first saw the Iron Bridge 40 years ago, he not only discovered a World Heritage Site – he discovered his passion. He was visiting on a school excursion and he and his fellow students were asked to create a drawing of the site. Little did Paul know this would be the start of his artistic career.

We spoke to Paul about his love of design and what makes the Iron Bridge both artistically striking and historically significant.

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