Relive your favourite Christmas traditions and create new ones with family and friends. Wander around houses filled with the homes of fairy tale creatures, handmade by crafty volunteers. Follow a festive trail or tuck into delicious treats in our cosy cafés and tearooms. Whatever you plan, when you weave your Christmas story with us, you help us tell new stories at our places for years to come.
From winter wildlife at Scotney Castle to reflections in the chilly moat at Bodiam Castle, there's plenty of reason to get out and about this winter. Take a look at our winter walks in and around East Sussex.
A new exhibition celebrates ten years since we opened the doors to the Scotney mansion. Displays reveal iconic pieces in the collection, many uncovered during our decade-long cataloguing project. Learn about the work of the Housekeeping Manual Group, who hand-draw the historic collection. Opens 4 November, 11am to 3pm. Normal admission applies, access by timed ticket.
Meet Bagpuss, see the Soup Dragon and behold Noggin the Nog at Sissinghurst Castle Garden's new exhibition, organised by the V&A Museum of Childhood. See original puppets, sets and filming equipment, and learn how creators Firmin and Postgate established their stop-frame animation techniques. Opens from 11 November (normal admission applies).
As the showrooms close to protect the fragile collection, our conservationists are undertaking a deep winter clean. It is a highlight for the team, as a chance to get close to the objects they care for.
Some unique conservation methods are needed to clean and protect 9,500 objects in Smallhythe's theatrical collection. Luckily a team of volunteers is on hand to care for this Kentish gem inside and out.
Members of our National Trust supporter groups in Sussex help fund raise for places like Nymans and Sheffield Park - they also get together for days out and talks and tours or volunteer at their local place.
Escape the high street, burn off some festive calories, and enjoy views of the South Downs, the woods of the Surrey Hills or many of the parks and gardens we look after. Afterwards, warm up with something hot.