Father Christmas and family fun in West Sussex

It wouldn't be Christmas without taking the kids to meet Santa or enjoying time as a family. There's lots of things for the whole family to do at our places in Sussex. Meet Father Christmas at Standen in his woodland grotto, at the seaside at Birling Gap, or at Bodiam Castle. Plus there are some mischievous mice to find at Petworth and a trail in the parkland. So let us help make your Christmas.

Christmas tree in the porch at Standen House and Garden.

Standen House and Garden 

Meet Father Christmas in his woodland grotto at Standen and enjoy a hot chocolate outdoors. The house is decorated so beautifully at Standen that it creates a magical childhood memory.

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.

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.

A child by the Christmas tree at Bateman's in East Sussex

Things to do with the kids at Christmas 2016 at Bateman's

Introduce your children to the stories of 'Puck of Pook's Hill' and 'Rewards and Fairies' as you explore the house and gardens at Bateman's this Christmas.

Monty the mouse with his mask at Petworth for the Christmas Masquerade


With an outdoor Christmas trail, mice hunting in the mansion, craft fun and costumed encounters there are lots of ways families can enjoy the festive season together at Petworth.

Close up of lights on a Christmas tree at Uppark, West Sussex


There's plenty for families do this Christmas at Uppark from our children's trail and decorated Servants Quarters to our special Father Christmas days and booked Christmas lunches.