Christmas for families in and around Hampshire

Our Hampshire places have got lots lined up for families this Christmas. At Mottisfont the Flower Fairies have created enchanted woodlands and miniature houses. Help miserly Scrooge rediscover his Christmas spirit on The Vyne's Silhouettes trail. Hinton Ampner is bringing favourite Aesop's fables to life, and at Winchester City Mill there are gingerbread characters to find. Uppark's masked ball introduces kids to a Georgian Christmas. There are festive family trails at all our places, plus sparkling decorations, cafes with kids' portions, and shops full of gifts.

Painted illustration of Cicely Mary Barker's Hawthorn Flower Fairy

Christmas for families at Mottisfont 

An Enchanted Christmas with the Flower Fairies, 23 Nov–5 Jan, 11am–4pm. At Mottisfont you’ll step into enchanted woodland scenes, inspired by Cicely Mary Barker’s exquisite Winter Flower Fairy illustrations (on show). Rooms are transformed with winter foliage, sparkling Christmas trees and outside, tiny fairy dwellings.

You can explore The Vyne decorated for a Victorian Christmas.

The Vyne 

A Victorian Christmas: 30 Nov–2 Jan, 12-3pm, normal admission charge plus £1 per trail. This Christmas at The Vyne we’re telling the story of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Rooms are dressed in sparkling Victorian-style decorations and glittering Christmas trees. Outside, kids can help Scrooge discover his festive spirit, by identifying silhouettes from the story.

Lady behind counter of traditional sweet shop

Hinton Ampner 

Christmas Fables at Hinton Ampner, 1 Dec–31 Dec, 10am-2.30pm, normal admission charge, advance booking essential. This Christmas, Hinton Ampner is full of wonderful scenes from favourite Aesop’s Fables. Outside, animals from the tales are facing a dilemma that only our younger visitors can solve, on a new family trail. Nearby, the little sweet shop is stocking traditional treats – perfect for stocking fillers.

Close up of Venetian style masks in blue, pink and gold


Lady Sarah’s Christmas Ball, 30 Nov–5 Jan, 11am-3pm, normal admission charge, plus £2 per trail. You’re invited to Lady Sarah’s masked Christmas Ball. Discover glittering Christmas trees, wonderful decorations, and life-size figures made entirely from paper. Outside, a new activity trail reveals how a grand house like Uppark celebrated Christmas in Georgian times.

Gingerbread men on a tray

Winchester City Mill 

There’s so much to enjoy at Winchester City Mill this Christmas. Father Christmas’s missus, Mrs Clause, needs little ones’ help to find gingerbread people hidden around the Mill (30 Nov-24 Dec, 10am-3pm, donation for trail). Kids can pick up baking tips and taste the results at baking demos that fill the Mill with sweet aromas (24 Nov, 14 & 21 Dec, 11am-3pm). On 14 Dec join in favourite carols with Alder Valley Brass (14 Dec, 12-3pm).