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A 1960s Christmas at Chastleton

A decorated Christmas tree at Chastleon House, West Oxfordshire
A 1960s Christmas at Chastleton | © National Trust/Peter Greenway

Christmas at Chastleton has now finished. Please check back for details of our 2024 Christmas events closer to the time.

A 1960s Christmas

29 November - 17 December, Wednesdays - Sundays. House open 11am – 3pm (last entry at 2.15pm).

Enjoy the nostalgia of a 1960s-style country Christmas, reminiscent of the parties hosted by last owners Barbara and Alan Clutton-Brock. The champagne's on ice, cocktails are ready and the dining table is laid out for Christmas dinner...

Explore rooms decorated to represent the Clutton-Brocks' chaotic but cosy style, with paper chains, tinsel, trees and piles of wrapped presents. Head to the Great Chamber to have a go at a classic board game and watch some festive television.

Younger visitors can look out for Christmas mice hidden throughout the house.

Normal property admission price applies (free for National Trust members and under-fives).

Evening Christmas tours

Thursdays 30 November, 7 and 14 December, 5.30-7pm and 6.30-8pm

Enjoy our festive offer out of hours with a rare chance to see Chastleton after dark. Enjoy a warming drink and mince pie before you take a look around the decorated rooms.

£20 per person. Call 0344 249 1895 or click here to pre-book.

A 1960s Christmas at Chastleton in Oxfordshire
A 1960s Christmas at Chastleton in Oxfordshire | © National Trust

Meet the Clutton-Brocks

Alan and Barbara Clutton-Brock inherited Chastleton House in 1955 and, despite the ongoing challenges of being custodians of an ever-declining house, they enjoyed sharing their unique home with others.

The couple were sociable and had a wide-ranging group of friends; Alan was an artist and worked as an art critic for the The Times and later as Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University.

Friends and family who visited Chastleton during this time have fond memories of country Christmases at Chastleton, when the house was bustling with life and festive fun. Using stories captured from oral history projects, we try and re-create that spirit today.

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