This year at Chartwell we have been celebrating literature in memory of Sir Winston Churchill receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. At Christmastime we will explore the favourite childhood books of one of his beloved daughters, Mary Soames, who spent an idyllic childhood in the grounds of Chartwell.
"At the end of each of these busily and happily occupied days came an evening ritual - reading aloud. This was a treasured highlight of my routine, and my greatest punishment was to be deprived of this great treat." Mary Soames.
Chartwell house will be decorated for a family Christmas in the 1930s with nods to the world of children's literature as if seeing the home through the eyes of Mary's imagination.
Then make your way down to the Walled Garden to meet characters from classic children's books and plan the ultimate Christmas dinner party. Trail is £3 with a prize.
Please note: The House is open 12-3pm. The house operates on a timed ticket system and is subject to availability. The gardens, estate walks, and outdoor trail are open 10am-4pm.
Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.Check admission prices
- Meeting point
Please enter via the Visitor Reception. Trails will be available to purchase here.
- What to bring and wear
The outdoor trail is outside so please dress appropriately to the weather if you are taking part. Also be aware our woodland walks can get very muddy at this time of year so wear appropriate footwear.
There is step free access to the walled garden but it is over grass. Please refer to our accessibility guide for full information on the site.
Please note that during the Christmas period 25 November - 23 December the first floor rooms of the house will be closed for essential conservation work.
A baking competition inspired by Churchill’s cakes will officially launch our new winter display. The Great Churchill Cake Contest will be judged by Richard Burr, former finalist of the Great British Bake Off.
With thanks to local community groups, traditional Christmas carols will be ringing through the winter air at Chartwell this December. Join us on the steps of the house and revel in the songs of the season. Select dates in December, only.