Christmas in Sussex

Visit our country houses, atmospheric estates and wintery countryside this December, all bringing traditions to life with lots of festive fun. The house at Petworth is dressed for a masquerade ball. Designer Kaffe Fassett is creating a winter tree at Standen and Bateman's will be dressed to impress. Father Christmas is at the seaside at Birling Gap and in the castle at Bodiam. Or for something truly nostalgic try a festive visit to Nymans' Ladybird book exhibition. Plus every time you visit you're helping us to look after these special places. So why not make us part of your Christmas?

Close up of the Winter Tree by Kaffe Fassett at Standen

Kaffe Fassett's Winter Tree at Standen 

Kaffe Fassett has brought his much loved colour in design to Standen, from the Winter Tree in the Courtyard to an exhibition of his works in the house. See Kaffe's Winter Tree from 26 November, with his full exhibition launching 7 January 2017.

The dining room at Standen dressed for Christmas

Standen House and Garden 

Make some treasured memories this Christmas at Standen as we bring you traditions, both old and new. Take in the Winter Tree designed by Kaffe Fassett in the courtyard before visiting the decorated house with all the enchantment of a Beale family Christmas through the decades.

A Venetian mask outside Petworth for the Christmas Masquerade


Visit Petworth for a spectacle of mischief and disguise, from 3 December to 2 January 2017. Inspired by the Italian paintings of the Petworth collection discover four state rooms of the mansion dressed for an Italianate Christmas Masquerade.

Ladybird books cover


Take a festive walk through the winter garden at Nymans to the gallery, where this Christmas you'll find a nostalgic exhibition of vintage artwork from Ladybird books.

Father Christmas entering the gate at Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle 

Father Christmas is at Bodiam Castle 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21 December. Come and see the castle creatively lit for Christmas and make your own lantern to light your way home.

Christmas at Bateman's, fairy book houses and mini books


Enjoy the magic of Kipling's fairy tales at Bateman's this Christmas. Come and explore the woodland themed festivities and activities in and around this beloved family home.

Yellow and golden sunset views over the Seven Sisters cliffs

Birling Gap 

Father Christmas is at the seaside at Birling Gap on 10 and 11 December, plus there's bracing clifftop walks, family craft activities, festive wreath making, yummy food and much more during the festive season.

Frosty trees by the bridge at Sheffield Park Sussex

Sheffield Park 

Crafts, carols and Christmas trees will get you in the festive mood at Sheffield Park and Garden this December. Spend time with friends and family in a relaxing atmosphere surrounded by beauty and charm.

Alfriston Clergy House East Sussex Christmas wreath on front door

Alfriston Clergy House 

This Christmas sees the medieval hall at the Clergy House decorated festively as it would have been in the middle ages. Discover the stories behind Christmas traditions today that were first celebrated in the 1300s.