Christmas at Nymans

Nursery rhymes exhibition at Nymans

Take a festive walk through the winter garden to the gallery, where this Christmas you'll find a nostalgic exhibition of vintage artwork from children's literature.

 Exhibition - Sing a Song for Sixpence

Saturday 2 December - Tuesday 2 January 11am – 3.30pm

Join us in the gallery this Christmas, as we celebrate Maud and Leonard Messel’s tradition of giving books to local children at Christmas time. Inspired by the beautiful artwork in the Messel family's collection of children's literature, we'll be taking a nostalgic look at nursery rhymes in our exhibition, 'Sing a Song for Sixpence'.

We've handpicked some of the most interesting books from the Nymans archive to display in the gallery and will be delving into their sometimes surprising histories and backgrounds. The exhibition will feature traditional examples from the Victorian heyday of illustrated rhymes as well as some modern interpretations. There'll also be a cosy story space for our younger visitors. 

Children playing chase
Children playing chase

Christmas family trail 

Saturday 2 December - Tuesday 2 January 10am – 3.30pm


Inspired by traditional nursery rhymes, follow a trail through the garden to discover more about the stories behind some of our well loved nursery rhymes and characters. Normal admission applies. £1 per trail.

Winter walking
Winter walking

New Year walks

Mon 26 Dec - Sun 8 Jan 10am - 3.30pm.

We’re open on Boxing Day for you to enjoy a walk in the woodland or garden. You can pick up a trail from the welcome hub or follow a downloadable trail on the website (available mid-December). Join a guided walk in the garden to see winter bloom. (Please call ahead to see walk availability). Normal admission applies.Free.

Mince pies
Mince pies

Eating & Drinking

Enjoy hearty soups for frosty days as well as warming puddings and sweet treats in the cafe. Spot some of our nursery rhyme themed menu choices.

You can even pick up a Nymans inspired stocking filler or gift in the shop which specialises in artisan gifts and locally produced foods, with the added benefit of being well away from the hustle and bustle of the high street.

For more information please see our individual listings.