Things to see & do

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A family Christmas

Sat 29 Nov - Sun 4 Jan

See the House decorated in 1920s festive style for a traditional Beale family Christmas. Festivities include selling arts and crafts exhibition, festive trails, visits from Santa and much more.

Small charge for some activities.

Woodland Santa

Woodland Santa at Standen © Roger Bloxham

Weekends 6/7, 13/14, 20/21, Mon 22 & Tues 23 Dec
11am & 2pm - all sessions fully booked

Join Santa at the woodland plantation for hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. Includes a traditional wooden toy gift.

£3.50 per child. Booking essential 01342 323029.

Christmas carols

Woodland Santa at Standen © NTPL/Paul Harris

Mon 22 Dec
East Grinstead's Meridian Voices choir will be performing a Christmas Carol concert in the Barn Café. Get in the festive spirit with carols, a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine.

Tickets £10 adult, £5 child & £20 family. Booking essential on 01342 323029.

Festive Walks

Get your walking boots muddy with one of our trails

Fri 26 Dec - Sun 4 Jan
Daily 11.00am
Everyday between Boxing day and 4 Jan we'll have a free guided walk of the garden or woodland to walk off the mince pies or just enjoy some fresh air.

Meet at 11am, tours will last for 1-1.5hours.

Wear suitable footwear for muddy paths, dogs on leads welcome

Behind the scenes

The Water Tower, Standen

5 Jan - 13 Feb Monday to Friday
11am - 2.30pm

Join a behind the scenes tour every weekday in Jan and early Feb and see parts of Standen not usually open to the public. Tours depart every 30 minutes between 11am - 2.30pm. Please note that tours are not suitable for children and involve many steps enroute

The main house will be open at weekends 11am-3pm.

Winter garden

Winter is a good opportunity to explore the structure of this arts and crafts inspired garden. See how Mrs Beale laid out the rooms of her garden. Enjoy the winter camellias, topiary and  visit the chickens in their new kitchen garden home

Explore our woods

Rockinghill Wood, Standen © James Masters

Follow our footpaths into the woods and surrounding countryside with one of our self-guided walks for leisurely strolls and experienced walkers. All walks are 50p from visitor reception or download one of these popular walks:

Family fun

Enjoy some family fun at Standen this autumn. Visit the Plantation play area, tick off your 50 Things activities, pick up an explorer bag from the apple store to explore the garden and woodland, or discover the Arts & Crafts in the house.

Tower tours

The Water Tower, Standen

Tours to the top of the water tower for views of the garden and across to the Ashdown Forest will be available every Thursday and Sunday from the beginning of September. The water tower is closed between June and August as it's a maternity area for the long earred bat.

Daily programme

Conservation in action at Standen

Every day, there's the opportunity to join a member of our team for a talk, tour, demonstration or activity to learn about the Beale family, Standen or our work.

Check out the daily programme boards on arrival to see what's happening during your visit.