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Christmas at Bateman's

Paper village snow scene with Christmas tree twinkling in background
Paper Christmas decorations at Bateman's | © Laurence Perry

'This information is about Christmas 2023,, we'll update for 2024 nearer the time'. For Christmas at Bateman's in 2023 we invite you to explore the 17th century house adorned with twinkly lights, golden decorations and natural foliage. Around this writer's home in its magical Christmas finery, spot decorations inspired by Rudyard Kipling's typewriters, manuscripts, spectacles and fountain pens.

A Writer's Christmas

18 November 2023 – 1 January 2024 (closed 24-25 December)

Christmas decorations

See Bateman’s house dressed for a traditional Christmas, with real Christmas trees, fresh floral displays, twinkly lights and golden decorations inspired by Rudyard Kipling and his writing. See if you can spot the paraphernalia of Kipling the writer - the manuscripts, typewriters, fountain pens, spectacles, and ink wells that were the tools of his trade, creatively displayed around the house in all its magical Christmas finery.

Christmas Travels with the Kiplings Trail

Christmas is coming for the Kipling family. Get out and about in the garden and house to find the different countries the Kipling family enjoyed visiting during the festive period. What Christmas traditions will you discover on this trail? 2 December - 1 January (except 24-25 Dec), 10am-4pm, £2 including a small prize.

Typewriter with floral decorations and Christmas tree in background in Hall at Bateman's
Christmas display in the Hall at Bateman's | © Laurence Perry

The Writer’s Home: Bateman’s Reimagined

Experience for yourself the magical beauty of book artist Su Blackwell’s art installation created from copies of Rudyard Kipling’s original handwritten manuscript of The Jungle Book, commissioned especially for Bateman’s for 2023.

In newly-opened room Carrie's Office, peer inside miniature paper sculptures of The Jungle Book characters created by Bateman’s volunteers and marvel at the extraordinary ethereal quality of Su Blackwell’s intricate creation.

Paper sculpture of the house at Bateman's
Bateman's Reimagined installation by Su Blackwell | © Laurence Perry

Festive food

The Mulberry Tea-room opens daily for light lunches, hot and cold drinks and a selection of snacks and cakes. There are festive favourites on offer including mince pie brownies, mince pies and turkey rolls.

Winter walks and fresh air

Winter in the garden

Nature may be resting, but there is beauty to be found in the sculptural forms of the skeleton trees, splashes of colour from winter flowers and a sense of peace in the sleeping garden. The winter landscapes reveal the structure of the garden that Kipling created at Bateman's and capture views that can only be enjoyed at this time of year. Bring family and friends and keep your eye out for wildlife with a winter spotter sheet.

Estate walks

Pull on your wellies and follow in Rudyard Kipling’s footsteps with a winter walk around the fields, woods and hills of the Bateman’s estate. Walk leaflets can be picked up from visitor reception.

The front lawn and sandstone house at Bateman's, East Sussex

Discover more at Bateman's

Find out when Bateman's is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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A view over green hilly fields on the estate at Bateman's with large trees covered in leaves that are turning from green to yellow and orange during the autumn

Exploring the estate at Bateman's 

Explore the estate at Bateman's. Discover what to see and do, from wildlife to seasonal plants and walks, in a landscape that inspired Kipling.

Cream tea on the counter inside the Mulberry Tea-room at Bateman's, East Sussex

Eating and shopping at Bateman's 

Discover where to eat and shop at Bateman’s, the home of author Rudyard Kipling. Stop for a hot drink or light meal, and then browse for the perfect gift or pre-loved book.