Celebration Sunday: free entry for Petworth’s 75th Birthday

Join in the birthday celebrations with family activities, tours and free entry

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

On Sunday 12 June, Petworth is throwing open its doors for free to celebrate 75 years of caring for this special place. Visitors can enjoy the birthday atmosphere, with ten minute talks in the house and archaeology tours of the park available. There'll be family games on the lawn too, which is also the perfect place for a picnic. There will be easels and art materials for you to have ago at some art, after being inspired by artist Lucy Marks who will be doing plein air painting demos in the garden. The Chichester and District Archaeology Society will be doing a mini-excavation in front of the Temple and you can meet National Trust archaeologist James Brown, to discover more about finds from previous digs.

As Petworth came into the care of the National Trust in 1947, staff will be dressed in vintage styled clothing, and are encouraging everyone to join in the fun too.

Visitors can also arrive via the pedestrian entrance to Petworth House by St Mary’s Church in Petworth town.

Sunday 12 June, 10am-5pm, free entry , no booking required

The basics

What to bring and wear
1940s/50s clothing (optional)
The majority of rooms to view in Petworth House are on the ground floor without steps. The Pleasure Garden has sloped areas and uneven grounds. Benches are located across the site. A mobility buggy runs from the car park to the House courtyard when required.
We anticipate being busy on this day so recommend car sharing, or arriving by foot where possible.

Contact Info

Petworth Property Office
Call 01798 342207

Upcoming events

'We the People' exhibition

Mon 30 May 2022
See this touring exhibition celebrating volunteers on its first stop at Petworth

Lantern Making Workshop

Tue 31 May 2022
Join a local artist to create beautiful lanterns to be used in the Carnival of Lights - one of the highlights of the Chichester Culture Spark 2022

Drawing and Painting Trees in Petworth Park

Fri 03 Jun 2022
Spend a day drawing and using watercolours inspired by the magnificent trees in Petworth Park.

Volunteer Recruitment Afternoon at Petworth

Tue 07 Jun 2022
Learn all about volunteering opportunities at Petworth and discover the House and grounds

Photography - Architecture

Wed 08 Jun 2022
Be inspired and build up your photography skills in the beautiful Park and Gardens at Petworth.

Celebration Sunday: free entry for Petworth’s 75th Birthday

Sun 12 Jun 2022
Join in the birthday celebrations with family activities, tours and free entry