Christmas in and around the South Downs

Our places in and around the South Downs 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.

Wreath making

A Clergy House Christmas

The Clergy House and the village of Alfriston are a wonderful place to visit at Christmas time. Enjoy a winter walk, shop for gifts, or join one of our fun festive events.  This Medieval hall house was the first built property to be saved by the National Trust, and is a magical gem to visit at Christmas.

Close up of Christmas decorations

Festive family fun at Birling Gap

Indoor craft market, bracing clifftop walks, family craft activities, festive wreath making, yummy food and much more. There's something for everyone this Christmas at Birling Gap.

Spring lambs standing with their mothers in a pen

Come to Saddlescombe Farm for lambing

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Join National Trust tenant farmers Camilla and Roly on their working family farm this Spring. Experience the hustle and bustle of the farm yard during lambing. See their new-born lambs and if you're lucky, share the magic of a lamb being born.

Wreath making

Christmas wreath walk at Saddlescombe Farm

Take a festive walk and collect your holly and ivy. Return to historic Saddlescombe farm to make your very own Christmas decorations in our newly opened learning space. Log burning stove, mulled apple juice, mince pies and roast chestnuts will all be included.

A large Christmas tree decorated with gold ornaments stands in the Marble Hall at Petworth

Christmas at Petworth: festive traditions through time

Spend the 2021 festive season at Petworth, and discover different Christmas traditions celebrated through the years, including Georgian, Victorian, post-war and the future. From period costumes crafted by hand with garden greenery to mystical future decorations, there will be something for all the family to enjoy.

Yule decorations at the Mill

Yule at Winchester City Mill

Celebrate Yule at Winchester City Mill this festive season. Explore the traditions and beliefs surrounding this ancient midwinter festival. 13 Nov 2021 – 3 Jan 2022