Christmas at Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote decorated for Christmas

From Monday 30 October, through to Monday 1 January, the ground floor of the house is the focus for Queen Palmer’s Victorian Christmas, combining her idea of the quintessentially English with her American traditions.

The Great Hall fire is lit, the table is laid, and the presents are under the tree ready to welcome her husband, General William Jackson Palmer back from his railroad work in America and Mexico.


With the help of her servants, and the village inn-keeper, the Palmers will be entertaining their friends from the aesthetic circle including Ellen Terry and Henry James.


Upstairs, you can see John Singer Sargent’s paintings of ‘Elsie Palmer, A Young Lady in White’ and ‘A Game of Bowls’. You will also learn more about Queen Palmer and the Aesthetic Circle.


Please note: only the downstairs and some of the upstairs is open to allow for conservation.
 

 

Christmas weekend

2 - 3 December, 10am - 3pm

Father Christmas is visiting us and will be handing out little gifts to good children, and there will be local produce stalls to get those Christmas gifts. Festive music will resonate throughout the rooms to add to the atmosphere.

Normal admission applies.

 

Christmas carols in the courtyard, with evening meal

Saturday 9 December and Saturday 16 December, 6.30pm

Join in with our carol singers in the atmospheric inner courtyard of the house. Enjoy a warm glass of mulled wine on arrival, then sing along with the choir in the medieval courtyard. Followed by a 2-course supper in the Mote Café. NB: This is an outdoor event so please dress warmly.

£32.50 per person. Booking essential - call 01732 811314.

 

Christmas carols in the courtyard

Friday 15 December and Friday 22 December, 6.30pm

Join in with our carol singers in the atmospheric courtyard of the house. Enjoy a warm glass of mulled wine on arrival, then sing along with the choir in the medieval courtyard. NB: This is an outdoor event so please dress warmly

£9.50 per person. Booking essential - call 01732 811314.  

 

Boxing Day and New Year's Day rambles

Tuesday 26 December and Monday 1 January, 10am - 1pm

Tuck into a full English breakfast followed by an informal guided walk across the Estate.

Stout shoes or boots and appropriate clothing essential. Not suitable for small children or buggies. Dogs on leads welcome. Weather permitting. Please telephone in advance to double check if bad weather forecast. Some treks are physically challenging, so would not be suitable for those with access needs.

£21.50 per person. Booking essential - call 01732 811314.

Blow away the cobwebs with a winter stroll on the estate
A group of people climbing over a stile during a walk on the estate

Winter walks on the estate

Walk off your Christmas pudding by trying one of our estate walks between Christmas and New Year.

Ightham Mote estate leaflet with walks (PDF / 0.2MB) download