Rose Festival at Chartwell and Emmetts Garden

Roses have long been associated with the Churchill's and their family home, Chartwell in Kent. The flower was a part of Winston and Clementine's love story from the very beginning after all. Join us for our first ever Rose Festival, celebrating this beautiful flower across both Chartwell and Emmetts from 25 June - 30 July.

Roses play a key role in the history of Chartwell as well as blooming beautifully every summer in the gardens today. There are two rose gardens, Lady Churchill's Rose Garden - where Clementine Churchill was able to create a space for her own - and the Golden Rose Avenue in the Walled Garden which was a Golden Anniversary gift to Winston and Clementine from their children.

Join us at Chartwell and nearby Emmetts Garden for a month of celebration with walks, talks, workshops and more going on throughout the end of June and July, as well as marvelling in the rose displays.

Click here to visit Chartwell's What's On page for more details of events.

If you have a little more time on your hands, why not dust off your walking boots and head out on a self-led walk between Chartwell and Emmetts Garden to see more roses in bloom. 

Roses climbing up the walls of Lady Churchill's Rose Garden at Chartwell in Kent

Summer rose walk - Chartwell to Emmetts

Discover roses in bloom at Chartwell and nearby Emmetts Garden, and experience this beautiful season on our summer rose walk through the countryside. Enjoy stunning views across the Weald of Kent. The walking loop takes around 3hrs to complete.

The Golden Rose Avenue was planted by the Churchill children in 1958 for Winston and Clementine's golden wedding anniversary in the Walled Garden and is a living example of how the flower became intertwined with the most special moments of their lives. Look out for the masquerade rose, whose sensational yellow blooms turn pink then red as the flower ages over summer.

Over 15 varieties grow in our Golden Rose Avenue
Churchill's Golden Rose Avenue at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent
Over 15 varieties grow in our Golden Rose Avenue

Elsewhere the cut flowers in the Walled Garden are always a sight to see, particularly towards late summer when the vintage dahlias, some varieties from the 19030s and 40s, start to come out. Stop by the orchard to see branches laden with a bountiful crop of juicy red-green apples and bring along a blanket for a picnic overlooking the shimmering lakes.

The Rose Festival at Chartwell runs daily, 25 June- 30 July, booking required for some events. Click here to visit Chartwell's What's On page for more details.

The rose garden at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Make A Rosy Day Of It

Just a 10-15 minute drive from Chartwell lies a sensational rose garden filled with sweet scented blooms. The Rose Garden at Emmetts reaches its peak in June, creating a romantic escape over the summer with its pink hues and fragrant aromas.

A history of roses at Chartwell

Busy Days at Chartwell