Christmas at Scotney Castle

Join us this Christmas time to enjoy our decorated Christmas trees, crowd-free Christmas shopping, festive family trail and seasonal treats in the tea-room.

Due to the current Tier 3 restrictions we are unable to open our Victorian Christmas house this winter. Our garden and shop will open from Saturday 5 December, 10am-4pm, alongside the tea-room which will be open for takeaway only. We recommend pre-booking your tickets in advance to avoid dissapointment.  

Join Peter Rabbit™ and his friends on a winter adventure activity trail around the property. Peter Rabbit’s friends need some help finding items to see them through the colder winter months. Lend a hand to some of Beatrix Potter’s well-loved characters such as Squirrel Nutkin, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddleduck, and solve the clues to earn a special trail badge and certificate. The trail pack costs £2* and contains a booklet, pencil and reward at the end for little ones who unravel the clues. Available to purchase at the garden entrance. Card payment only.

Due to the closure of our indoor seating area, our tea-room is unable to serve their delicious Christmas lunches, but will be open every day with hot drinks, cakes, hot meals and seasonal treats available to takeaway.

For more information please see our FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When are you open over winter and Christmas?

We are open every day except for 24, 25 and 26 December. From Saturday 5 December our opening times are as follows:

Garden & Walled Garden                                         10am-4pm (last entry 3pm)

Tea-room (takeaway only)                                        10am-4pm

Estate walks                                                             10am-4pm

House                                                                       Closed

2. Will the house be decorated for Christmas?

Due to the current Tier 3 restrictions we are unable to open our Victorian Christmas house this winter.

3. Is there a children's trail in the garden?

Peter Rabbit’s friends need some help finding items to see them through the colder winter months. Lend a hand to some of Beatrix Potter’s well-loved characters such as Squirrel Nutkin, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddleduck, and solve the clues to earn a special trail badge and certificate.

The trail pack costs £2* and contains a booklet, pencil and reward at the end for little ones who unravel the clues. Available to purchase at the garden entrance. Card payment only.

To avoid disappointment we recommend you book tickets to visit Scotney Castle in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and school holidays. You can book tickets by visiting the Scotney Castle 'What's On' page.

*Garden admission charge applies, free to National Trust members and under 5s

4. Is Father Christmas visiting?

Father Christmas will not be visiting Scotney Castle this year. Due to social distancing rules we don’t feel that we can create a personal experience for each child with Father Christmas.

We hope to welcome Father Christmas back in 2021.

5. Are you serving Christmas lunches?

Due to the closure of our indoor seating area we won't be serving Christmas lunches this year. We will be open daily 10am-4pm serving hot drinks, snacks and seasonal treats to takeaway.

6. What will be available in your Christmas shop and when?

We already have a fantastic range of Christmas gifts, decorations and cards in our shop.

7. Will you be having carol singing?

Due to social distancing rules and restrictions, we won't be hosting any carol singing this year.

8. Are you running any workshops?

Due to social distancing rules and restrictions, we won't be hosting any workshops this year.

A brother and sister enjoying Christmas outdoors

Christmas in and around Kent 

From houses decorated for Christmases past, to Christmas markets and scrumptious festive treats and eats, our places in Kent are ready and raring for Christmas this year.