Things to do with the kids this Christmas in the South East

Winter walking, trails and festive fairytale fun awaits you at our properties across the South East this Christmas. Make new memories with your family this season with the National Trust.

Child and Christmas tree in the Whistler Room at Mottisfont, Hampshire

A colourful Christmas at Mottisfont 

Scenes from the much-loved poem The Night Before Christmas will be brought to life at Mottisfont, from decorations in the house to a festive family trail around the grounds.

A fairground carousel

A fun-packed festive day out at Hatchlands Park 

Meet Father Christmas, take a ride on the Victorian Christmas carousel, or just drop in to our café for a mince pie and head out for a winter walk at Hatchlands Park, Surrey.

A christmas wreath hanging on door number 2 of Stowe's advent walk

An advent calendar on a giant scale at Stowe 

Embrace the season at Stowe and enjoy a world of frost-kissed gardens as you and the family uncover 24 hidden doors in the landscape. Throughout December, grab a map from the welcome area and head out on a wintery quest.

A family enjoying a winter trail at Emmetts Garden

Festive fresh air fun at Emmetts Garden 

Oh no - the Boise family have lost their Christmas presents. Help track them down on a fun family trail around the gardens at Emmetts Garden in Kent, or try some winter themed 50 things to do before you're 11¾ activities.

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

Christmas with Kipling's Just So stories 

There'll be magic at Bateman's this festive season as we decorate the rooms in rich, opulent colours inspired by Kipling's travels and his Just So Stories. Enjoy wandering through the decorated house or venturing out in the garden to tackle a family trail.

Two little children try some baked treats

Foodie fun at Winchester City Mill 

Escape the hustle and bustle of the high street this winter and step into this historic watermill. Decorated with a sparkling tree and pretty window displays, you’ll uncover all sorts of treats, from festive baking and flour milling to carol singing and a new family trail.

You can explore The Vyne decorated for a Victorian Christmas.

A Christmas Carol trail at The Vyne 

From 1 December to 3 January, explore the ground floor of the house decorated for a Victorian Christmas. In the grounds, you can enjoy festive walks or complete a family trail inspired by A Christmas Carol. In the shop you can tick off some of your Christmas shopping and when you’ve had enough, you can refuel in the Brewhouse tea-room.