50 things to do at Chartwell this winter

Winter is the perfect time for bird watching, tracking wild animals, running around in the rain and lots more. You’ll just need to wrap up warm and you can take them all on.

A family enjoying time in the rain

No. 6 Go welly wandering

Rainy days aren't just for staying indoors. Grab your umbrella and tick off No. 6 Go welly wandering. Take a run in the rain and maybe throw in some puddle jumping whilst you're at it. How many puddles can you jump in?

Churchill's chair by the golden orfe ponds at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

No. 8 Spot a fish

Churchill was so entranced by the golden orfe when he first saw them, that they were made permanent features of the Chartwell garden. See if you can spot them swimming around the ponds up by the house!

Explore the woods at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

No. 12 Have fun with sticks

Winter is a great time for stick hunting with lots lying around and it’ll be easier to spot them on the ground. Why not make a trail for your family to follow through the gardens or woods?

The urn island in frost at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

No. 15 Go on a wintery adventure

Get layered up with coats, jumpers and scarves and head out on a winter adventure around Chartwell. Wander around the lakes and up into the woodlands to our play areas - have you tried out our treehouse yet? We can't promise snow but we can promise adventure!

The common frog

No. 34 Discover wild animal clues

Put your detective hats on kids, we've got a job for you. Can you complete No. 34 Discover wild animal clues? Head into the woods and look for animal tracks in the mud. See if you can find deer, fox or badger tracks and then try No. 35 Discover what's in a pond. Top tip - frogs love hanging out in the Golden Orfe ponds.

A Robin resting on a fence post

No. 44 Watch a bird

Thousands of migratory birds come to the UK’s shores in the winter, so it’s one of the best times to go bird watching if you’re making a special trip. As the trees lose their leaves, it’s much easier to spot birds and winter is a great time to put feeders out, increasing your chances of seeing lots of different birds in your garden.

A family enjoying a day out at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

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.