Winter wonders

Take a winter stroll through the park  © NTPL/NTPL / John Millar

Take a winter stroll through the park

Across London and the south east, our places are open more than ever before this January.

There's new exhibitions, a chance to see behind the scenes, gardens with vibrant winter colour, and loads of places for a winters walk and warming treat.

So find a wow moment, wonderful story, or warming walk near you below...

Wow moment - Petworth House

Timothy Spall as the artist JMW Turner in Mr. Turner © NTPL/Simon Mein/Thin Man Films

Timothy Spall as the artist JMW Turner in Mr. Turner

From 10 January, Petworth House, near Midhurst in West Sussex, hosts Mr Turner - an exhibition, after being used as a key location in Mike Leigh’s award-winning film.

The exhibition features works of art by Turner, alongside his personal items. Props and costumes from the film will also be on display, and the studio that was actually used by Turner will be open. Booking essential, tickets £12.

Wow moment - Mottisfont

A piece from our contempoary photography exhibition in 2015 © NTPL/Pekka Nittyvirta

A piece from our contempoary photography exhibition in 2015

Banish the darkness of winter and step into the light...

From 17 January, Lightoworks, a new contemporary photography exhibition opens at Mottisfont, near Romsey in Hampshire. It introduces a selection of accomplished artists whose works focus on the effects of light.

The grounds and the tea-room are also open. The house is closed.

Wow moment - Chartwell

See family mementoes and the thoughts of our current Prime Minister © NTPL/www.topfoto.co.uk

See family mementoes and the thoughts of our current Prime Minister

Death of a Hero is a new exhibition at Chartwell, in Westerham, Kent. It marks the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death.

It explores the aftermath of Churchill’s passing, his momentous state funeral, the reaction to his death and the impact that Churchill still has in literature, art and politics today.

The grounds and restaurant are open but the house is closed.

Wow moment - Scotney Castle

Discover a moving display that brings to life the realities of war © NTPL/Glynn Roche

Discover a moving display that brings to life the realities of war

At Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Kent, the popular Arthur’s War exhibition remains open throughout January and February.

The ground floor of the house reveals the story of Arthur Hussey, an officer during the First World War. His diaries, photographs, sketches and more are on show, after being hidden for nearly 100 years.

The grounds and tea-room are open.

Wow moment - Nymans

The new luminescent sculpture at night © NTPL/NT/Keith Lloyd

The new luminescent sculpture at night

A new artwork by Lola Muance at Nymans, near Haywards Heath, is adding new colour and light to the garden, which is open daily.

But for the greatest impact it's worth a visit on a  Friday evening, when the garden is open for free from 23 January until 27 February.

Kent winter wonders in January

In Kent this January you'll find a new Churchill exhibition, garden tours at Sissinghurst Castle, winter warmer hikes at Scotney Castle, and more.

Sussex winter wonders in January

In Sussex this January you'll find Mr Turner - an exhibition, an interactive quest at Bodiam Castle, vibrant winter planting at Nymans, and more.

Surrey winter wonders in January

In Surrey this January you'll find one of our best winter garden's at Polesden Lacey, warming walks at Hindhead, a natural play trail at Box Hill, and more.

London winter wonders in January

In London this January there's park runs, romantic retreats, places for the kids to let off steam and play, and places to just get some fresh air.

Hampshire winter wonders in January

In Hampshire this January there's a contemporary photography exhibition at Mottisfont, winter colour in the gardens at Hinton Ampner, guided tours at The Vyne, and more.

Berks, Bucks & Oxon winter wonders

In Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire this January there's guided tours at Basildon Park, glistening lakes at Stowe, and more.