Christmas for families in and around Hampshire

Our historic Hampshire houses and gardens have got lots lined up for families this Christmas. At Uppark the Victorian servants need your help as they prepare for a country house Christmas party. There are colourful surprises to hunt out and activities to try at Mottisfont - fancy a spot of brussel sprout-bowling? You'll find new festive family trails at all our properties (suitable for tiny tots to older children), plus sparkling rooms and stories galore. Every visit you make helps us look after these special places for the future.

Robin Abinger Roughs Surrey


Mottisfont is celebrating Christmas with lashes of colour. There's a house full of sparkle, and outdoors, an interactive family trail. We're challenging kids of all ages to discover hidden winter colours in the gardens. Look out for bright pheasant feathers and red-breasted robins, brussel sprout-bowling and a craft activity to finish. 25 November – 2 January, free trail.

Victorian housemaid decorates Christmas tree


Uppark's Victorian servants invite you 'below stairs' to help with their busy Christmas preparations. Our fun house and garden trail draws children into the world of Victorian foods and traditions. There's a table to lay, napkins to fold, and puddings to stir - keep an eye out for Uppark's pesky mice. You’ll find simple activities for little ones and a harder puzzle for older children. 2 – 31 December (closed 24 & 25 December).

Two little children try some baked treats

Winchester City Mill 

Our family bauble trail sets little ones off on an adventure to find favourite Christmas traditions. Look out for mischievous hidden elves too. You can help us make our big Christmas pudding on Stir up Sunday (25 November), and sample the results of our festive baking day demos (10 & 16 December). 16 – 24 December. Free activities.

Fabric Christmas elf in red outfit, with The Vyne's roof in background

The Vyne 

Father Christmas is trying to land his sleigh, but will our rooftop walkway get in the way? The reindeer and elves are causing mischief too. Follow our new family trail on to the roof to find out if he succeeds. You can 'Tag-a-Tile' too and make your own mark on this former Tudor palace. 1 December – 2 January, trail £1 (closed 24 & 25 December)