Autumn at Chartwell

Discover autumnal delights at Chartwell this season. Explore the garden with it's autumnal display, or explore the fiery landscape in the woods. Take in the bright colours of Churchill's paintings in his studio or bring the kids along for an eerie Hallowe'en trail; there's so much to see and do.

Sedum in the autumn garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Autumn colour at Chartwell 

The gardens at Chartwell are truly all season with their array of autumnal trees and colourful borders. The Indian bean tree turns an almost fluorescent yellow in autumn whilst the swamp cypress turns a lovely rust-brown. The roses may be gone, but the rose garden still manages to impress with the scarlet smoke weed and dazzling pink nerines. Keep an eye out for seasonal colour around every corner.

Pumpkins growing in the kitchen garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Autumnal harvest

Take a wander into our kitchen garden to see what seasonal delights we're growing. Root vegetables are being harvested, ready to be transformed into delicious stews in our café but what you won't be able to miss are our pumpkins and squashes being suspended from the ground. By hanging these vegetables, we're ensuring the moist soil will not cause them to rot prematurely. Can you guess the weight of our biggest pumpkin?

Autumn woodland at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Explore the autumn woodland 

The woodland at Chartwell transforms into a fiery landscape as the leaves turn an array of ambers, reds and yellows before falling. Look out for autumnal fungi, such as the fly agaric with its distinctive red cap and white spots and enjoy the crunching of leaves underfoot.

Churchill's painting studio at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Churchill's Studio 

The explosion of autumn colour continues into Churchill's painting Studio, where the walls are lined with his many canvasses. Churchill loved to paint with bright colours, to the point where fellow artist Sir William Nicholson told him to tone down his colour use. Personally we're very glad Churchill ignored his advice. Studio opens daily from 12noon-4pm, and from 31 Oct opens 12noon-3:30pm.

Pumpkin children's trail at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Petrifying pumpkin trail at Chartwell 

Creepy shadows are lurking around Chartwell this half-term - it must be time for Halloween. Take on our pumpkin trail around the gardens and see how many petrifying pumpkins you can find. Trail is on from 20 Oct - 4 Nov, 10am-4pm and cost £1, normal admission applies. Suitable for ages 2-10 years with a buggy friendly route available.