Twilight openings at Bateman's

The sun sets behind Bateman's

A chance to enjoy the atmosphere of the decorated house at twilight with leisurely Christmas shopping, festive fayre in the Mulberry tea-room and seasonal tastings in the Oast-house shop. Sat 7 and Sat 14 December, until 6pm.

On Sat 7 and Sat 14 December

On our Twilight opening evenings, Bateman's will remain open until 6pm. Explore the house after dark (last admission 5.30pm) to see the Kipling's home completely transformed by Christmas and enjoy the atmosphere of the decorated house at twilight. 

This year the houses magical decorations are based around Kipling's 'Just So' Stories, with handmade decorations in opulent colours and story-themed floral arrangements.  Kipling’s 'Just So' Stories famously describe how different animals acquired their most distinctive features, such as how the camel got his hump or how the elephant got his trunk. 

Christmas at Bateman's
A child by the Christmas tree at Bateman's in East Sussex
Christmas at Bateman's
A gilt camel nestled among the handmade decorations at Bateman's Just So Christmas event

The Mulberry tea-room will be open and welcoming you to get into the Christmas spirit, with a selection of festive treats and warming drinks - mulled wine and mulled apple juice along with mince pies & Christmas cake.  

Festive fayre at Bateman's
Mince pies on a plate
Festive fayre at Bateman's

The Oast-house shop will be open and full of Christmas inspiration so you can tick everyone off your Christmas gift list. With gifts for gardeners, gourmets or National Trust memberships to choose from, you're sure to find that perfect something for that special someone.  

Also especially for our Twilight openings we will be offering a gift wrapping service to make your christmas even more hassle free. 

Local artisans

Handmade glass christmas tree decorations

Isabel Sargent Christmas decorations

Delicate Christmas tree decorations from local artist Isabel Sargent, who works from her studio in Hastings. She creates these glass decorations by carefully selecting the colours, cutting all the glass by hand and assembling each tree individually, so each one is unique.

The English soap range

The English Soap Company

Be spoilt for choice, when selecting one of the beautiful soaps from The English Soap Company range. This local Kent company was inspired by vintage design and the luxurious soaps of a bygone age. The only problem you will have is in selecting which one you want to take home with you.

Assortment of woollen bobble hats in a basket

Winter pom-pom hats

Beautiful pom-pom hats, handmade in Kent. These come in a selection of beautiful colour combinations and are extremely soft to the touch. Which colour will you go for?

Twilight openings will take place on Sat 7 and Sat 14 December.