Things to do with the kids this Christmas at Petworth

Monty Mouse from a Woodland Creatures Party Trail standing by the Rotunda

Help the woodland creatures of the Pleasure Grounds find their festive finery so they can attend the Masquerade Ball and then look out for mice causing mischief in the mansion decorated for an Italianate Christmas Masquerade. With craft activities to get your imagination going every weekend and costumed encounters to excite the senses there's lots for the family to enjoy at Petworth.

The Woodland Creatures Party Trail

3 December - 2 January 2017, 10am - 3:30pm

Monty the mouse and his woodland friends have lost their hats, gloves, masks and jewels in the Pleasure Grounds and they need your help to find them so they can attend the Ball inside the mansion. Trails are £3 each and available form Visitor Reception.

Watches, masks and jewellery are waiting to be found on the Woodland Creatures Party Trail
Billy Badger and Freddie Fox from the Woodland Creatures Party Trail in the Pleasure Grounds looking for their festive finery

A Christmas Masquerade

3 December - 2 January 2017, 11am - 3pm

See four of the state rooms dressed for an Italiante Christmas Masquerade inspired by the Italian paintings of the Petworth collection. The story is brought to life by a series of mannequins who tell a tale of mischief and disguise, made entirely from paper. Can you spot Monty and his mice friends causing havoc in the mansion in some of their own scenes?

Try on one of our Venetian masks as you wander through the mansion and then borrow some of our costumed items in the Little DIning Room to look the part ready for a photo opportunity with family and friends.

Costumed Encounters

3, 8, 11, 14, 18, 21 and 29 December

Meet some of our costumed interpreation team as they bring alive the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in bygone times.

Visiting and Access

  • Normal admission prices apply and please be aware Petworth is closed 24 and 25 December.
  • Baby changing facilities are available st both visitor entrances
  • Routes are pushchair friendly but there are some slopes