Things to see & do
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
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
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
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
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
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.