Things to see & do

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Lecture lunches

This November our week of lecture lunches includes subjects ranging from architecture to our garden revival project. These intimate events will feature a cosy lecture within the main house followed by a light two course lunch in our Barn Cafe. £22 per person, booking essential.

Helen Beale in the First World War

Helen Beale in her nurse uniform during the First World War.

Sat 19 - Sun 16 Nov
Daily 11am - 4pm. (Mon & Tues outside of school holidays 1.30pm - 4pm)

Exhibition focussing on the work of Helen Beale, who grew up at Standen but worked as a nurse during the First World War.


Between the Covers

Illustration featured in Between the Covers exhibition at Standen 

Mon 1 Sept- Sun 16 Nov
11am - 4pm (Mon & Tues 1.30pm-4pm outside school holidays. Weekends only in Nov)

An exhibition showcasing Standen's book collection.


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.

Autumn garden

The arrival of Autumn in the garden brings spectacular colour changes, particularly with our collection of acers that turn a fantastic shade of red as the season progresses.

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.

House taster tours

The house designed by Philip Webb in the Arts

Every Mon & Tues 11am - 1.30pm (outside of school holidays) entry to the house is by 40 minute taster tour to hear stories of the house, family and our collection. Tours leave every 20 minutes, pick up your ticket from Visitor reception. At all other times, entry to the house is free flow.