Winter exhibitions in Kent

Here are several good reasons to wrap up and venture out to your local National Trust properties in Kent this winter, where a series of fascinating exhibitions await. Discover the story of Lady Clementine at Chartwell or bring the family to meet Bagpuss at Sissinghurst Castle Garden. Every time you open your mind you help us to open up more of our special places to discover.

John Singer Sargent Portrait of Miss Elsie Palmer (A Lady in White)

Queen of Ightham Mote 

Take a final look at Ightham's exhibition exploring the Mote’s time as a nineteenth century artistic hub. The Palmer family hosted leading figures including John Singer Sargent. His portrait of Elsie Palmer hangs where it was painted over a century ago. Open until Saturday 23 December. Normal admission applies.

Eddy's bedroom in the Gatehouse Tower at Knole

Eddy Sackville-West at Knole 

Discover the life and loves of Eddy Sackville-West – journalist, musician and heir to Knole – where he lived in the Gatehouse Tower. On display are many of his personal belongings including books and music records from his varied collection, as well as his gramophone and visitor book. From 20 November, Eddy’s bedroom and music room will be stylishly decked with 1920s and 30s ornaments. Open daily 10am to 5pm, £3.15 per person.

Bagpuss and friends celebrate Christmas at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Bagpuss at Sissinghurst 

Organised by the V&A Museum of Childhood, come and meet Bagpuss, see the Soup Dragon and behold Noggin the Nog. Displays go behind-the-scenes of these celebrated family favourites, created by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin. See original puppets, sets, unseen episodes and learn more about stop-motion animation. Open to 4 February, normal entry applies.

A selection of papers and documents currently stored in our study

Celebrating ten years at Scotney Castle 

A new exhibition celebrates ten years since the mansion opened its doors to visitors. Exhibits will include paintings, furniture, ceramics and letters giving unprecedented insight into the Hussey family’s story. Among the displays, the 'top ten' most iconic pieces discovered in the last decade will take centre stage. Open to 4 February, 11am to 3pm. Normal admission applies.

Lady Clementine Churchill, the focus of Chartwell's upcoming winter exhibition

Lady Clementine at Chartwell 

A new exhibition explores the life of Lady Clementine Churchill. She was the devoted wife of Sir Winston Churchill for more than 56 years, and mother to the couple’s five children. See photos, private letters and several gifts, many on display for the first time. Open to 18 February, 11am to 3pm. Normal admission applies.