Things to do with the kids this Christmas at Chartwell

Enjoy a magical family Christmas at Chartwell with a trail around the gardens. Don't forget to head into the woodland for more adventures, including our brand new treehouse.

A Christmas walk at Chartwell in Kent

Christmas with Clemmie: Big Circus garden family trail

Go back in time to 1947 and join the Big Circus at Chartwell to celebrate Christmas with Clemmie Churchill and the grandchildren. Explore the garden looking for silhouettes of all the amazing circus acts Clemmie took the kids to see, from juggling clowns to flying acrobats. Don't forget to collect your prize at the end. Trail is on daily from 22 Nov - 6 Jan, 10am-4pm. £1 per trail, normal admission applies. Suitable for ages 2-10.

The treehouse at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

The Chartwell Treehouse

Be captivated by history and adventure this summer with the brand new treehouse at Chartwell. Climb up the two-storey structure to take in the lofty views before sliding back down to earth. As you play you'll learn the wonderful stories of the Churchill family, who enjoyed their own treehouse here over 90 years ago.

Child playing in the Donkey Jack Caravan at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Donkey Jack's Caravan at Chartwell

This year we're bringing you a brand new family play area, based on an untold Churchill story. Donkey Jack's Caravan has landed in the Old Quarry and is waiting to be explored. Try on some fancy dress and let your imagination run wild.

A family enjoying the swings at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Swings and seesaws

Head up to the Old Quarry to discover our swings and seesaws just waiting to be played on. Each swing is engraved with the nicknames of Winston Churchill's children, whilst the seesaws are made out of wood from the Chartwell estate. How high can you get?

A young girl plays in a hammock at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Canadian camp

Canadians camped out here in the woods at Chartwell during the Second World War. When there was an air raid they would cover up the lakes, so the German pilots would not recognise Chartwell from the air. Hold your own camp here, relax in the hammocks, 'cook' up a storm and plot your adventure.

The bomb crater at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Bomb crater

During the second world war, bombs allegedly fell on the estate at Chartwell as the planes left London. The crater left behind by one of these bombs is just the place to have some family fun. Can you use the ropes to escape the crater? Only one way to find out.

The marycot at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

The Marycot

The Marycot in the kitchen garden is a little brick house built by Winston Churchill himself for his two daughters Mary and Sarah. Everything is scaled down with a nearby notice announcing 'Children only' (though we won't blame the adults for joining in the fun). A great place to play and let your imagination run wild. Please note that the Marycot is closed Mon-Fri whilst we redecorate.

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

50 Things activities to complete 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.

Family facilities at Chartwell

Baby changing facilities can be found by the visitor welcome centre, the toilets behind the shop and the toilets just beyond the croquet lawn in the garden. The café has a yummy children's menu, bottle warming and high chairs. Want to find a more secluded spot to breast feed? Just ask a member of staff. 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.