Christmas fun at Knole

A mother dressed in scarf and winter clothes holds her baby dressed in a red skirt and dark top. They're standing in the Great Hall, a 400-yr-old oak pannelled room with tiled floor. Next to them is a long table laden with Christmas decorations.

** Please note that this article refers to events taking place over Christmas 2019 **

Christmas is a magical time of year at Knole for the whole family - this year more than ever as a very special tiger comes to tea. Expect sparkling Christmas trees, a roaring fire, wintry walks and plenty of shopping opportunities, all topped off by festive fare in the Brewhouse Café.

Judith Kerr's illustration for a tiger who came to tea features a young girl with red hair and a blue dress, sitting next to a grinning tiger. The dates read Sat 9 Nov - Sun 5 Jan 2020

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Knole 

Judith Kerr's much loved 1968 classic is coming to Knole this autumn, Sat 9 Nov - Sun 5 Jan 2020. Everyone will love our parkland trail, dressing up and interactive play - there's even a life size tiger to cuddle, plus displays of Judith Kerr's illustrations to delight all tiger-loving generations.

A small girl in a pink coat, hat & wellies opens a wooden deer to reveal a trail question in Knole's parkland

Family Christmas fun at Knole

There is plenty of fun for the whole family at Knole this festive season. Visit The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition, book onto our family Stags & Stars ornament workshop, soak up the festive atmosphere and admire the sparkling Christmas trees in the Great Hall and Gatehouse Tower. Get some fresh air in the park by following our Tiger Who Came to Tea trail and pop into the Brewhouse Café for a warming drink and one of our very special mince pies.

A woman in a grey jumper stands holding a round decorative wreath made from natural materials

Christmas workshops and events 

Our workshops and events all have a distinctly Christmassy theme, from wreath making to Christmas decorations and calligraphy - book now and get into the festive mood ...

A long, narrow attic room stretches ahead, with wooden floorboards, a window at the far end, patched walls and trunks and chairs lined up against one side wall

Take an attic tour this Christmas 

The showrooms may be closed below, but you can still visit the attic rooms above by booking on one of our special tours. With their atmospheric spaces and tales of witch marks, graffiti and curiously sloped floors, a tour makes an ideal Christmas activity or special gift.

A mum and dad play with their young daughters in a sunny, wintry parkland with Knole in the background

Christmas walks at Knole 

The winding paths through Knole’s ancient 1,000-acre parkland are perfect for festive walks, enjoying wintry vistas and watching Lord Sackville’s beautiful deer herd from a distance. This year our fun Christmas trail is themed around The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition (9 November – 5 January), allowing younger visitors to explore the park and help the tiger get ready for tea before claiming a cuddly toy prize.