Things to see & do
A Nutcracker Christmas
Hinton Ampner & Mottisfont, Hants
Two of our places in Hampshire are embracing the classic tale of the Nutcracker this Christmas.
For a traditional, intimate take on the theme visit Hinton Ampner, near Alresford, from 6 – 14 Dec. Whilst at Mottisfont, near Romsey, you can experience the Nutcracker with a modern twist from 29 Nov – 4 Jan (closed 24 & 25 Dec).
A country house Christmas
Basildon Park, Berkshire
Follow the woodland path through the illuminated enchanted forest to the door of Basildon Park, Pangbourne; open daily in December (closed 24 & 25). Inside the elegant rooms will be adorned with traditional decorations, real Christmas trees and festive flower displays.
An Arts & Crafts family Christmas
Standen, Mid Sussex
Every day from 29 Nov – 4 Jan (closed 24 & 25 Dec), Arts & Crafts house Standen, near East Grinstead, will be atmospherically lit with its original light fittings and decorated in 1920s festive style for a traditional Beale family Christmas. They’ll also be a History of Christmas exhibition, selling arts and crafts exhibition, festive trails, and an advent garden.
A vintage country Christmas
Petworth House & Park, West Sussex
Inside the magnificent 17th-century mansion of Petworth House and Park, near Midhurst, you’ll be transported to a vintage-style country house Christmas. Daily from 6 Dec – 2 Jan (closed 24 & 25 Dec) several rooms will be dressed to welcome guests for a luxurious evening of traditional entertainments and dinner.
A living advent calendar Christmas
Polesden Lacey, Surrey
At weekends from 29 Nov – 21 Dec see Polesden Lacey, near Dorking, decorated as a living advent calendar, with 24 scenes and activities depicting the countdown to Christmas. Plus horse-drawn carriage rides, food tastings and Father Christmas who will be roving in the house and gardens.
Christmas in East Sussex
From an elves watermill workshop to winter rambles, discover what festive traditions you can enjoy in East Sussex this Christmas.
Christmas in West Sussex
From wreath making workshops to Christmas markets, find out what festive traditions you can enjoy in West Sussex this Christmas.