Things to do with the kids this Christmas at Standen

Family Christmas

Make magical memories this Christmas at Standen. Take in the spectacular decorated tree in the courtyard, see how the Beale Family celebrated Christmas through the ages and visit Woodland Santa for storytelling and hot chocolate in his winter grotto.

Enjoy stories in our woodland grotto and meet Santa
Christmas with Woodland Santa

Limited Availability: Festive story-telling in our Woodland Grotto

Saturday 3 to Saturday 23 December, Booking essential.

Weekend sessions now SOLD OUT, limited availability on weekdays 16-22 December. Please visit booking site for more details.

This Christmas our younger visitors can join one of our story telling sessions in our Woodland Grotto. After a walk through the wintery garden, settle down in the grotto and enjoy a Christmas story and after meet Santa himself and receive a small present and a cup of hot chocolate. £6.50 per child incl small toy. Normal admission applies.

Booking essential: 0344 249 1895 or online

Discover the decorated tree in the courtyard 

Saturday 25 November 2017 – Wednesday 3 January 2018

You won't be able to miss our huge decorated tree in the courtyard at Standen. This year, design duo Timorous Beasties will be dressing the tree and we can't wait to see what they come up with! Normal admission applies, no booking required.

See the house dressed for Christmas
Family looking at a decorated Christmas tree, in the Dining Room at Standen House and Garden, West Sussex.

Explore Standen after dark and see the House lit up for Christmas

Sat 25 & Sun 26 Nov, Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec, Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec, and Sat 16 – Fri 22 Dec (closed 24 & 25 Dec), until 6pm.

On our twilight evenings, Standen will remain open until 6pm so you can explore the house after dark to see the Beale's home completely transformed by Christmas. See the Christmas trees lit up and twinkling and listen to carols performed by a choir for a truly magical and festive experience.  Normal admission applies, no booking required.

Wintery woodland walks

Need to burn off some energy? Get outdoors and closer to nature and explore Hollybush and Rockinghill Woods, or perhaps take a short walk to Weir Wood Reservoir. Pick up a 50p walk leaflet from visitor reception or download a trail below. Dogs are welcome too!

Family friendly facilities

  • baby changing
  • highchairs
  • children's menu
  • picnics welcome in the garden and there is a picnic area near the car park
  • Unfortunately pushchairs are not allowed in the house but we do have baby carriers available to borrow throughout your visit and a buggy park to store pushchairs.