Step into A Christmas Carol scene at Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall is a historic Georgian House in Rainham, London

Through the cobbled courtyard, past the elegant red brick house, and upstairs in Rainham Hall’s almost 300-year old Stable Block you'll find a festive scene that’s filled with the magic of the Christmas past.

Local children, National Trust volunteers and staff will soon come together to transform the Hall’s atmospheric original 18th century Hayloft into a scene from A Christmas Carol.

Open during January, it's to celebrate being part of filming for the BBC's adaptation of the classic book when, earlier this year, Rainham Hall and garden was transformed into a wintery street scene and Scrooge's House.

There will be a craft table and dressing up clothes for little ones to play at Rainham Hall
Rainham Hall's Christmas Carol scene will include activities for children
There will be a craft table and dressing up clothes for little ones to play at Rainham Hall

A festive day out for the whole family

Now, visitors of all ages can travel back in time and step into their very own fireside scene from Christmas Carol, surrounded by Victorian decorations in Ebenezer Scrooge’s house.

There’s plenty for little ones to explore, with Victorian costumes to try on and self-led craft activities. Also on display will be an exhibition of photographs taken of the Hall during filming.

Once you’ve finished exploring, why not gather everyone round a table in our café downstairs, where you can kick back with a hot drink and Christmas treats.Then delight in the Christmas displays in the Rainham Hall shop, where a range of memorable gifts are on offer.

As well as being a fun day out for all the family, by visiting us this January you’ll be helping us look after this historic house and garden for generations to come.

Entry to the Christmas Carol event is free and there's no need to book. Activities are for children over 5 but there's plenty of space to relax with the whole family. Food and beverages are available to purchase in the cafe.

BBC One's A Christmas Carol was released in December 2019. The three-part special is a unique take on the Charles Dickens’ well-known ghost story by Steven Knight (Taboo, Peaky Blinders). It will be produced by FX Productions, Scott Free, Hardy Son & Baker for BBC One.

All will be merry and bright this Christmas at Rainham Hall
A Christmas wreath on the back door of Rainham Hall
All will be merry and bright this Christmas at Rainham Hall
" Visitors of all ages can step into their very own fireside scene from Christmas Carol, surrounded by festive decorations. See photographs from the BBC filming too."
- Rainham Hall

Filming tours

Join us for a filming tour of Rainham Hall, as we open our big front door to welcome you to the site of Scrooge’s house in BBC One’s A Christmas Carol 2019. Go behind the scenes with a guide to see where the action happened, have a look at photographs from the filming and, if you want to, recreate Scrooge’s (Guy Pearce’s) photo next to our Entrance Hall shutters. The tours are on Friday 24 January, 2-3pm, and Saturday 25 January 2020, 2-3pm and 3:30-4:30pm, and cost £10pp. Pre-booking online is essential. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Our community gardens and café will be available to explore before and after the tour.