Christmas with Clemmie at Chartwell 2018

This article is in regards to Christmas 2018 at Chartwell and will be refreshed for 2019; please check our website for details on our upcoming events.

It's 1947 and Winston is away in Marrakech on a painting holiday, leaving Clemmie home with daughter Mary and son-in-law Christopher for Christmas. Experience a unique festive display as we take you through their story around the ground floor of the house at Chartwell this December.

Celebrate Christmas with Clementine Churchill

Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16, 11am-3pm

Step into the Sitting Room with its roaring fire and discover your first taste of Winston and Clemmie's literary affair. Adorning the trees you'll find intricate origami decorations emulating the love letters sent between Winston and Clemmie over Christmas 1947, when Churchill was on a painting holiday and Clemmie home in Kent.

Over in the library the literary theme continues. A Christmas tree made entirely from books with flavours of Marrakech creeping through gives the room a unique twist on a yuletide style.

Downstairs the Dining Room will be dripping in white and gold flourishes, with the table laden with a Christmas feast based on a real Churchill Christmas menu. Take a peek at the menu and take home some inspiration for your own festive banquet.

Vintage Christmas cards decorate the walls
Christmas card decorations at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent
Vintage Christmas cards decorate the walls

Two new rooms that have never before been open to the public will also have their doors opened for you to see: the Secretaries Room and the Nursery. Come along and discover how, with funds from the Chartwell Appeal, we're looking to bring these untold stories to life.

The Drawing Room will also be open with our volunteers and staff working hard on the winter deep clean - do stop and ask them about the techniques they're using.

Don't forget to pause in the kitchen for some Christmas tastings to round off your visit.

Entry to the house is by timed ticket only, available from the visitor welcome centre on the day. Normal admission applies. Last entry 14:30pm.

Message in a bottle family trail

Look for messages of goodwill and love written between Clementine and Winston Churchill in December 1947. They'll be hidden in bottles in each room you'll visit; keep an eagle eye out for them all on this free family trail.