Christmas for families at Mottisfont

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

Magical woodlands await at Mottisfont this Christmas, with decorations inspired by Cicely Mary Barker’s exquisite Winter Flower Fairy illustrations. The original artworks are on show in the second-floor gallery, while the house and gardens are beautifully dressed with native winter foliage and traditional festive colours. Families can explore with a fairy-themed activity trail.

An Enchanted Christmas with the Flower Fairites runs from 23 November – 5 January, 10am-4pm (excluding 24 and 25 December). Normal property admission price only.

The Winter Flower Fairies will guide you through our decorated grounds with a festive family trail. The mischievous woodland creatures that live in our gardens have stolen Father Christmas’ to do list - can you help the fairies find it for him?

Along the way you'll meet some of the Flower Fairies and complete fun, festive activities: make a Christmas wish, create natural decorations and add to a flower display in the Shepherd's Hut. There's a simple spotter activity for younger children, too, with fairies to tick off at each trail point.

Don't forget to visit the house to see our decorated rooms and the original Winter Flower Fairy illustrations.

The Christmas Tree Fairy ©The Estate of Cicely Mary Barker, 1940
The original Christmas Tree Fairy illustration by Cicely Mary Barker
The Christmas Tree Fairy ©The Estate of Cicely Mary Barker, 1940

All our decorations are inspired by the natural winter world the fairies inhabit. Indoor and outdoor spaces are dressed with swags of holly and ivy from our own woodlands, creeping moss and twinkling lights.

The winter garden has been transformed with little fairy dwellings, tucked secretively among the flowering plants. There are pixie-sized scenes in the lower corridor, too, leading into a festive ‘forest’ in the Cellarium, with hints of Father Christmas himself.

Inside the house, each room is decorated for a different fairy. The Old Man’s Beard Fairy is tucked up in the White Bedroom, while the Red Room is the perfect setting for the Holly Fairy’s glossy colours. A 14ft tree provides the grand finale in the Whistler Room.

Visiting Mottisfont with your family

There’s plenty of space to run, jump and play around our grounds, and always something for families to do. Bring along your wellies to try out our climbing bog while you visit, and remember to wrap up warm for your run around the grounds.

Family friendly checklist

  • Free entry for under 5s.
  • Baby-changing facilities in access friendly toilets.
  • Pushchairs admitted around the grounds and in all cafés, though not in the showrooms of the house due to space restrictions.
  • Hip-carrying infant seats available for loan in the house.
  • Children’s menu available from The Old Kitchen and Coach House Café.
  • Highchairs and baby food warming facilities available in The Old Kitchen and Coach House Café.
  • Pocket money gifts and children's books available in the shop. There are children's books in our second-hand bookshop, too.