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Chartwell's Storybook Christmas

Step into a storybook world at Chartwell this Christmas with an opulently decorated house and a magical outdoor trail.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

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.

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The basics


Children welcome

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.

Upcoming events


The Great Churchill Cake Contest 

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.

Event summary

2 Dec 2023 to 13 Jan 2024
10:00 to 14:00
+ 6 other dates or times

Chartwell Terrace Christmas Carols 

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.

Event summary

2 Dec to 16 Dec 2023
14:00 to 15:00
+ 2 other dates or times

Chartwell Christmas Lunches 

Book a table now for your festive Christmas lunch at Chartwell.

Event summary

6 Dec to 22 Dec 2023
12:00 to 12:00
+ 51 other dates or times

Chartwell's Storybook Christmas - Classic Storytelling Sessions 

Warm up with a hot chocolate and some festive treats and listen to extracts from classic childhood books.

Event summary

11 Dec to 21 Dec 2023
11:00 to 12:00
+ 7 other dates or times