Christmas in and around East Sussex

Our places in and around East Sussex are ready to share their festive traditions with you. Tackle festive trails around our winter gardens and estates. Warm chilly hands in front of a roaring fire, or try out a new exhibition. Plus every time you visit you help us keep those Christmas lights twinkling bright for years to come.

Kipling’s stories of Sussex fairy tales brought to life this Christmas

Bateman's 

This Christmas the ‘Just So’ stories weave their magic around the house at Bateman’s. Discover handmade decorations in opulent fabrics, with colours inspired by Kipling’s time in India, and floral displays based on the ‘Just So’ stories. A glowing fire and majestic tree welcome you and add to the warmth and charm of this family home. Daily 1 December to 6 January (closed 24 & 25 December), 10am to 4pm (house 11am1-4pm). Normal admission applies.

Putting the finishing touches to the tree

Scotney Castle 

Mix the magic of Christmas Eve in the house with a trip to see Father Christmas in the Old Castle at Scotney this festive season. With a trail around the garden and traditional Christmas lunches in the copy tearoom, there’s plenty to get you in the mood for the festive season. Daily 1 December to 2 January (closed 24 & 25 December), 10am to 4pm. Normal admission applies.

decorative lanterns hung against the ancient stonework of Bodiam Castle

Bombay to Bodiam  

Get away from the Christmas crowds and see Bodiam Castle in a completely different light. Discover a sensory experience veiled within the Castle towers with opulent fabrics, golden lights, rich scents and visual delights, inspired by the romanticism of the British Victorian fantasy of India. Two exhibitions tell more tales and there are plenty of craft activities and storytelling for the little ones. Daily 1 December to 6 January (closed 24 & 25 December), 10am to 4pm. Normal admission applies.

Alfriston clergy house East Sussex medieval Christmas table

Christmas at Alfriston Clergy House

Discover the stories behind Christmas traditions today that were first celebrated in the 1300's. Explore the rooms decorated to reflect our Medieval, Tudor and Edwardian tenants. Join us in making traditional festive decorations with materials collected from the garden and surrounding countryside.

The view from the orchard in the frost at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Winter at Sissinghurst 

Take a look to find out what you can see and do this winter at Sissinghurst, we're open everyday.