Christmas at Standen

Feel like a guest of the Beale family at Standen this Christmas. With the house decorated for festive celebrations in the 1930s, a festive trail around the garden and delicious treats in the café there’s plenty to do for all the family. Take in the spectacular Winter Tree of Hope, created by our community of lockdown crafters from across the nation. Come and enjoy extended twilight openings for a special view of the house after dark and to finish off your Christmas shopping. Dates and times of events vary, booking required for some.

A Beale family Christmas

Thu 3 Dec 20 – Sun 3 Jan 21, 11am-3pm

Pre-booking essential. Entry to Standen does not guarantee entry to the house. The ground floor of the house will be open.

We'll be welcoming you to a Beale family Christmas here with the house decorated for festive celebrations in the 1930s. Experience the festivities as the Beales would have done with music playing, dancing and even food fights. 

Once you have enjoyed the decorations in the house, peruse the Arts and Crafts inspired gifts in the shop or spoil yourself with a warming drink and Christmas treat in Barn Café. Normal admission applies.

Hand-made paper birds and flowers on the tree at Standen
Individually crafted paper flowers and birds with William Morris patterns adorn a Christmas tree at Standen House
Hand-made paper birds and flowers on the tree at Standen

The Winter Tree of Hope

Sat 21 Nov 20 – Sun 3 Jan 21, 10am-4pm 

As part of Standen’s Christmas celebrations, see the decorated tree in the courtyard by our community of lockdown crafters, alongside 1930s traditionally decorated Christmas trees throughout the house.

2020 has undoubtedly been a challenging year, with many of us spending several months in lockdown. The Standen team wanted to create a winter tree, filled with hand crafted decorations from the community that spread hope, love and joy. Decorations have poured in from across the nation, this is your chance to come and see it in all it’s beautifully hand-crafted glory. Normal admission applies, check opening times for booking.

Hand felted bauble for the Winter Tree of Hope at Standen
Felted bee on a heart shaped bauble
Hand felted bauble for the Winter Tree of Hope at Standen

New for 2020: A Beale Family Christmas Trail

Daily from Thu 3 Dec 20 - Sun 3 Jan 21, 10am-4pm.

Normal admission applies, £3 per child including small present. Please bring with you your own pen or pencil to complete the trail. You can purchase the trail from Visitor Reception on arrival.

This Christmas our younger visitors can delve into the garden and experience how the Beale family enjoyed Christmas. From festive food fights to playing games, see wrapped presents and decorations dotted all over the garden, as you search out the scenes and solve the clues. Please note some areas are muddy, so please bring suitable footwear. The garden also has flights of steps and steep slopes.

A Beale Family Christmas Trail
A Beale Family Christmas Trail
A Beale Family Christmas Trail

Standen at twilight

Daily from Sat 12 Dec – Wed 23 Dec (closed 24 & 25 Dec)

Last entry 5:00pm, house closes 5.30pm, property closes 6:00pm

Normal admission applies, pre-booking required. Entry to the property does not guarantee entry to the house. We have limited capacity due to covid restrictions.

On twilight evenings, Standen will remain open until 6:00pm. Explore the ground floor of the house after dark (last admission 5:00pm) to see the Beale's home completely transformed by Christmas. Lit by its original light fittings this is a unique opportunity to see a selection of rooms on the ground floor in the house as they are rarely seen.

The shop will be open and full of Christmas inspiration so you can tick everyone off your Christmas gift list. From books and sweet treats to Arts & Crafts inspired gifts there will be something for even the hardest to buy for. 

 

One of the Beale's dogs dressed up
Bulldog dressed up in a suit like outfit by the Beales (black and white photo)
One of the Beale's dogs dressed up

Blow away the cobwebs with a festive walk

Daily from 21 Nov 20 - Sun 3 Jan 21, opening times vary

Pre booking advised, normal admission applies.

Work off any festive over-indulgence with a refreshing stroll through the estate.                                     

You can follow one of our self-guided downloadable trails for a festive walk through the Standen estate.