This Christmas, our beautiful decorated houses around Hampshire are bringing classic tales to life. Wander through scenes from The Night Before Christmas at Mottisfont, and The Twelve Days of Christmas at Uppark. There’s foul play afoot at Hinton Ampner’s glittering house party, and a sumptuous Victorian Christmas at The Vyne. We’ve got festive family trails, cosy cafes and welcoming gift shops too. So, do drop in – we’d love to see you.
Avoid the packed high streets and escape to the peace of the countryside for a spot of Christmas shopping. In our cosy shops you’ll find treats to suit all pockets, from stocking fillers to exclusive gifts inspired by the beautiful places we care for.
In the lead up to Christmas, this tranquil little chapel is also a haven of creativity. A series of craft workshops is offering festive decoupatch, papercraft and wreath-making sessions for people of all abilities. This is a lovely opportunity to make exclusive festive gifts for friends and family.
The winter months are a marvellous time to explore our wider estates and countryside. Clear the cobwebs as you stride out across fields, woods and sparkling streams. We’ve got over 10 downloadable routes in Hampshire alone, taking in some of the county's most picturesque landscapes.
Mottisfont's winter garden is at its best from late November into early spring, specially planted to provide colour during the shortest days of the year. Stroll through paths that wind through winter-flowering shrubs and perennials, chosen for striking colour, form and scent.
Following its roof project, The Vyne has re-opened to tell the story of a Victorian brother and sister who saved the mansion. You’ll discover newly presented rooms and audio-visual displays of its magnificent tapestries. In the library 2,500 are being restored to the shelves - take a look close up.
An eighteenth-century school boy’s doodle of a Cyclops is just one of the tiny observations being painstakingly catalogued by The Vyne. It’s part of an eight month project being carried out in front of visitors, to restore the house’s entire historic library collection to its shelves.
Help your local National Trust places in Hampshire like Mottisfont, The Vyne or Winchester City Mill by joining your local supporter group. Some are more volunteering focused, and others enjoy social outings together like trips and tours, or lectures.