Christmas at Knole

A snowy scene at Knole

This year Knole will be alive with Christmas cheer with four sparkling Christmas trees, festive craft activities, exciting events and wintry walks.

From Thursday 30 November, Knole will be decorated for Christmas. Don’t miss the Orangery where a glorious 12-foot fir tree will be traditionally decorated with shimmering silver and orange baubles and fragrant cinnamon sticks and orange slices. Take a stroll through our festive spaces, including the Bookshop where you will find a host of unique gifts, before relaxing in the Brewhouse Café with a mince pie or two.

The Gatehouse Tower will be open all winter, where you can discover the life and loves of Eddy Sackville-West: journalist, musician and heir to Knole. Eddy’s music room will be stylishly decked with a tree bearing beautiful 1920s and 1930s-style ornaments, to reflect his years spent living in the Gatehouse Tower.

Create your own handcrafted Christmas cards at Knole

Design your own Christmas cards / Sat 18 Nov, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Learn how to design an image and transfer it onto a woodblock to make your own unique Christmas cards. Then use your woodblock to produce 10 wonderfully distinctive cards to give to your loved ones this festive season. The woodblock is yours to keep, so you can always print more at home. £80 per person (includes refreshments, lunch and all materials). Bookings essential online or call 0344 249 1895. This workshop is not suitable for children.

Make a beautiful Christmas decoration for your home at a swag or wreath workshop at Knole, Kent.

Make a Christmas wreath / Mon 4 – Fri 8 Dec, 10am – 1pm

Welcome friends and family this festive season with a beautiful handmade wreath on the front door. This workshop includes all materials, demonstrations, help with your creative masterpiece and seasonal refreshments. £65 per person. Bookings essential online or call 0344 249 1895. This workshop is not suitable for children

Set off on the Christmas deer trail at Knole

Join our festive deer trail / Daily from Sat 2 Dec to Wed 3 Jan, 11am – 3pm (excluding 24 & 25 Dec)

Set off on our fun-filled deer trail to help Ollie the owl collect everything he needs to throw a Christmas party for his woodland friends. Pick up a map from the Visitor Centre to find our 10 special deer in the park. Once you have found them all, be sure to return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize. £5 per trail. Everyone welcome, although the trail is designed for families with children aged 10 and under.

Create your own unique Christmas bauble at Knole

Get crafty with spangled baubles / Sat 16 & Sun 17 Dec, 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm

The best decorations on any Christmas tree are those made by loved-ones. Create your own sequined bauble at this family workshop, inspired by Knole’s glorious Spangled Bed with its thousands of silver-gilt sequins sewn into red satin. All materials are supplied – just bring your imagination! £5 per child. Suitable for children aged 5+ (must be accompanied by an adult). Bookings essential online or call 0344 249 1895.

Spot the wild deer in Knole Park, Kent.

Breakfast with Knole's deer / Weekends 9, 10, 16 & 17 Dec, 9.30am – 10.30am

During the winter, Knole’s wild deer herd finds it difficult to source food naturally and depends on deer keeper Dom Andrews to be well fed through the colder months. Wrap up warm and join Dom for a morning feeding session to see the herd. There will be plenty of time for questions before heading over to the Brewhouse Café for a warming hot chocolate. £7.50 per person (includes a hot drink). Suitable for children aged 5+ Bookings essential online or call 0344 249 1895.

Tuck into some festive food in the Brewhouse Cafe at Knole, Kent.

Christmas dinner at the Brewhouse Café / Weekdays 5 – 8, 12 – 15, 19 – 22 Dec, 12pm – 2pm

Enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner somewhere special this year. Available at lunchtime on selected weekdays in December, choose from two courses (£19.50) or three courses (£21.50) at the Brewhouse Café. Price includes a glass of mulled wine on arrival with a coffee and mince pie to finish.

With a variety of guided walks planned this winter, Knole Park in Kent is the perfect place to shake off the excesses of Christmas.

Join our Boxing Day walk / Tue 26 Dec, 11am – 12pm

Wrap up warm and bring the family for a bracing Boxing Day walk in Knole’s beautiful deer park. Enjoy the wintry vistas over the 1,000-acre estate and surrounding countryside and look out for the deer in their furry winter coats. Afterwards, warm up in the Brewhouse Café with a hot drink and seasonal treats. Suggested donation £2. Meet outside the Visitor Centre, wearing suitable footwear and wrap up warm.

With a variety of guided walks planned this winter, Knole Park in Kent is the perfect place to shake off the excesses of Christmas.

Stride out on New Year’s Day / Mon 1 Jan, 2pm – 3pm

Leave the excesses of the festive period behind and begin 2018 with an invigorating walk in Knole’s medieval parkland. Learn more about the 1,000 acres of beautiful Kent countryside and its resident deer herd. Suggested donation £2. Meet outside the Visitor Centre, wearing suitable footwear and wrap up warm.

Knole is open this winter from 10am until 4pm daily (excluding 24 & 25 December, when the whole property is closed). The showrooms are closed over the winter but the Gatehouse Tower, Conservation Studio, Brewhouse Café, shops, courtyards and parkland are open.