Home for Christmas at Chartwell 2021
Join us for a 1940s Christmas in the gardens of Chartwell in search of some of the bottles that Winston Churchill asked his own children to look for to help him paint one of his now famous artworks, Bottlescape.
Home for Christmas trail at Chartwell
Saturday 27 November – Sunday 2 January (*excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
Explore the gardens of Chartwell this Christmas as you hunt for hidden bottles, just as the Churchill children did. Each of them has been filled with some very special ingredients for you to discover as you go.
Collect the names of all the ingredients hidden in each of the bottles to learn the recipe for a traditional Christmas treat!
The trail will be £2.00 per person (including National Trust members). Normal site admission applies.
Suitable for ages 3-15 years. The route is buggy friendly, though families wanting to visit the wider woods should be aware that there are steps in places and steep inclines. The woods can also get pretty muddy when it rains, so you might want to pack the wellies!
The original painting, Bottlescape, by Sir Winston Churchill can now be found in the Dining Room in the house here at Chartwell. It features a collection of bottles of all different shapes and sizes to create a still-life oil painting.
The story goes, in order to collect so many bottles all together, he asked his children to run all around Chartwell and collect them for him, bringing them back for him to paint.
Although the house is closed for conservation over the winter, there’s still a chance to see this wonderful painting for yourself this year as the house re-opens on December weekends in the lead-up to Christmas.
The house will open on Saturday and Sundays: 4&5, 11&12, 18&19 December, dressed for a 1940s Christmas. Tickets for the house on these days are sold from the Visitor Centre on the day, on a first come first served basis and are limited in number. The house will then be closed entirely until spring 2022.
Family facilities at Chartwell
Baby changing facilities can be found by the visitor welcome centre, the toilets behind the shop and also just beyond the croquet lawn in the garden. There's a picnic area with tables adjacent to the overflow car park and you're welcome to bring a blanket and picnic on the slopes by the lakes. Please note scooters and trikes are not suitable at Chartwell.