Things to do with the kids this Christmas at Chartwell

Join us at Chartwell for a magical Christmas experience the whole family will enjoy. Follow our festive themed trail around the gardens to find all the items from the 12 days of Christmas song. Once you've completed the trail, why not explore the woodlands for some more family fun. There's the Canadian camp to explore, bomb crater to escape from and balance beams to test your skills on.

Wooden swans from the 12 Days of Christmas family trail at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

12 days of Christmas family trail

Explore the garden with our festive themed trail. Find all the items from the 12 days of Christmas song, including the four calling birds and the iconic partridge in a pear tree. Trail is on daily from 24 Nov - 3 Jan, 10am-4pm. Free trail, normal admission applies. Suitable for ages 11 and under.

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.

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.

Chickens in the garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Chickenham Palace

Also in our kitchen garden is the famous(ish) Chickenham Palace. It's home to all kinds of bantam chickens, each with their unique colouring and feathering. Which one will be your favourite?

The Canadian camp 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.

Swings in the grounds at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Swings

Head up to the Old Quarry to discover our brand new swings just waiting to be played on. Each one is engraved with the names and nicknames of Winston Churchill's children. How high can you swing? Don't forget to bring an adult to do the pushing.

Seesaws at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Seesaws

Make sure you bring a friend along with you to Chartwell so you can have a go on our new seesaws - made by our countryside team from wood from the estate. How high can you get? You can find the see saws in the old quarry.

The dormouse dens at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Dormouse dens

Head further in the woods and you'll come across our dormouse dens. Help us make these cosy homes by layering and weaving sticks and branches around the outside and don't forget to pad them out with leaves. Can you pretend to be a dormouse?

Family facilities at Chartwell

Baby changing facilities can be found by the visitor welcome centre, the toilets are 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.