Christmas in and around East Sussex

Our places in and around East Sussex are ready to share their festive traditions with you. Explore historic houses decorated for Christmas of years gone by, then try the Peter Rabbit™ winter adventure activity trail around the grounds and gardens. Warm chilly hands around a takeaway hot chocolate. Every time you visit you help us keep those Christmas lights twinkling bright for years to come.

Batemans Christmas stockings hanging over the fireplace


KeThe house at Bateman’s comes alive at Christmas, a time when it’s easy to imagine how it influenced Rudyard Kipling to create the characters in his books. Festive decorations come in the form of natural foliage, twigs and berries from the surrounding landscape, swaged and garlanded around the rooms. In the garden kids will love discovering the Peter Rabbit™ winter adventure activity trail and uncovering the clues.

Father Christmas beckons visitors to come into Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle 

Keep your eyes peeled for Father Christmas or his Christmas elf in the castle grounds on the three weekends in December. Take a family photograph in our Christmas sledge with the historic castle as your backdrop. Father Christmas or his elf will be visiting the castle grounds on the weekends of 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20 December between 11.30am - 1.30pm.

Scotney Castle Christmas mansion entrance hall

Scotney Castle 

This Christmas, the manor house at Scotney Castle is opening for the first time since March. Head inside to discover the ground floor of the house decorated for a Victorian Christmas. There will be sparkling, colourful trees, a fully laid table in the dining room ready for a Christmas feast, and toys scattered as if the children have left mid-way through a game. Outside, the Peter Rabbit™ winter adventure activity trail is a great way for the kids to burn off some steam and find out all about wildlife. House open 5 Saturday December – Sunday 3 January. The Peter Rabbit™ trail runs from Monday 23 November throughout Christmas and New Year. £2 per trail