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14.11.17 | For immediate use



Experience the Magic of Christmas at Cogges Manor

25thNovember to 23rdDecember




Christmas at Cogges Manor Farm

This winter, Witney's beautiful Cogges Manor Farm invites you to experience the magic of Christmas with a sparkling season of family friendly events. The festive fun starts on Saturday 25th November with M&M Theatrical Productions' pantomime ‘Jack and The Beanstalk'. Come along and see a host of colourful characters, a beanstalk growing before your very eyes, and an actual giant, live on stage!

On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December, from 10am to 4pm, enjoy fine local food and fill up your Christmas stockings at Cogges' annual Christmas Market. Buy quality artisan gifts and luxury produce direct from local makers and producers at over 60 stalls, including handwoven fabrics, leatherwork, paper crafts, pottery, festive decor, hand-dipped beeswax candles, and for the foodies among you, delicious cakes, pies, jams, speciality local beers and ciders, hampers and more. Soak up the Christmas spirit with mince pies and mulled wine from the kitchen, music from local choirs, and meet Father Christmas and his elves in the Manor house, for a story and small gift to take home, plus make magical reindeer food while you wait!

On Friday 8thDecember, enjoyCarols by Candlelight in the beautiful 17th century Cotswold barn, then every Friday and Saturday, from 8th to 23rd December, 3pm to 9pm, enjoy three very special weekends of Christmas cheer. As the sun goes down and the Christmas lights come on, eat, drink and be merry with new friends and old. Discover Cogges' spectacular newChristmas installation by local artist Tony Davis, who will be decorating the Manor's magnificent pear tree with a stunning array of uniquely designed pears, lit up to highlight a curious collection of partridge sculptures on the croquet law. This site-specific new artwork is the next in Davis's celebrated exploration of our relationship to nature and the landscape, and forms part of Cogges' ongoing programme of artist residencies and exhibitions. The house and walled garden will be beautifully decorated, with hidden surprises you can discover by torchlight. Mulled wine, a simple supper and barwill be served up in the comfort of the Manor house, alongside a roaring fire pit and a mountain of blankets to warm you on even the chilliest of evenings.


The pear tree beside the Manor (left) to be decorated by artist Tony Davis, and site-specific sculpture (right) by the artist


Key Dates and Details

Saturday 25thNovember | M&M Theatrical Productions' pantomime ‘Jack and The Beanstalk'. Performances at 1 pm and 3pm. Tickets £10.50 per adult and £9.00 per child.

Saturday 2ndand Sunday 3rdDecember | Cogges Christmas Market, 10am to 4pm. £2 per adult and £1 per child for entry to farm and grounds, Manor house and market, or free for season ticket holders. Father Christmas's grotto £5 per child (max 10 children per session). Advance booking essential at

Saturday 8thDecember | Carols by Candlelight in the Cotswold barn | Entry by donation. Proceeds will be shared between St Mary's parish church and the Cogges Heritage Trust.

Every Friday and Saturday from 8thto 23rdDecember | Cogges Christmas Weekends, 3pm to 9pm. £3 entry or free for season ticket holders.

Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney OX28 3LA. For further information visit and follow us at Facebook/Cogges and| twitter@CoggesWitney |


Print Ready 300dpi images:
 Christmas at Cogges Manor

Toasting Marshmallows in the Fire Pit 

 The Old Pear Tree at Cogges 


 Tony Davis site specific sculpture


For further press information contact Kim Hall, Marketing Manager | | tel 01993 772602 |

Editors Notes

Cogges Manor Farm

The stunning 13th century manor house and 17th century farm buildings at Cogges are Grade II listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Cogges appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the estate's first owner was Wadard, who appears as a Norman knight riding a horse on the Bayeux tapestry. The manor house stood originally by the River Windrush as 'Cogges Castle' and was defended by a moat and islands, where the timber play fort and zip wire stand today. The estate was once held by kings of England including Henry VII and Henry VIII; the latter gave the land to Thomas Pope, the founder of Trinity College Oxford.

Today Cogges is a prominent location for period drama filming, including the internationally acclaimed Downton Abbey, and with the addition of a welcoming café and shop, is open 7 days a week between 18 March and 5 November for both day and season ticket visitors, tour groups and school trips. We hold regular arts and cultural events, and other special events run throughout the year, including concerts, theatre, craft fairs, workshops and dining experiences, while the barns are offered as a popular wedding venue, hosting up to 25 weddings a year. Cogges Heritage Trust is a registered Charity No: 1141906

Find us at Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney OX28 3LA or for further information visit and follow us at Facebook/Cogges and| twitter@CoggesWitney |