Castles and stately homes with Christmas events in Sussex 2021

Look out for Father Christmas, Mother Christmas or elves wandering the courtyard or seated on thrones at Bodium Castle

Look out for Father Christmas, Mother Christmas or elves wandering the courtyard or seated on thrones at Bodium Castle - Credit: ©National Trust Images

This festive season in Sussex, explore the Christmas of yesteryear in decadently decorated stately homes and castles or enjoy a brisk winter walk while taking part in a Christmas themed adventure trail.

Bodium Castle

For a magical Christmas photo, climb aboard the festive Christmas sleigh in the Castle Courtyard. Also, at the weekends between 4th and 19th December, Father Christmas, Mother Christmas, or elves can be spotted wandering the courtyard or seated on thrones.

Where: Bodiam, Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5UA

When: Wednesday 1st December 2021 to Monday 3rd January 2022

More information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/christmas-at-bodiam-castle

Head to Bodium Castle for a festive photo opportunity in Santa's sleigh, which can be found in the courtyard.

Head to Bodium Castle for a festive photo opportunity in Santa's sleigh, which can be found in the courtyard. - Credit: ©National Trust Images

Pashley Manor Gardens

Get ready for 11 days of Christmas shopping at the Pashley Manor Garden's Christmas Shop. Gift ideas range from beautiful handbags and scarves, festive produce and decorations. Upon arrival, you can snack on a tasty mince pie and glug down a warming glass of mulled wine.

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Where: Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 7HE

When: Thursday 25th November to Sunday 5th December 2021

More information: www.pashleymanorgardens.com/events/christmas-shop

Uppark House and Garden

Wander the gardens decked out in twinkling lights ad festive finery and explore how the mansion would have been dressed at Christmas, where the rooms will be adorned in the most beautiful and traditional Christmas decorations. 

Where: South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex GU31 5QR

When: From Saturday 20th November 2021 to Monday 3rd January 2022

More information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/christmas-at-uppark

The mantle place in the Dining Room dressed for Christmas at Uppark, West Sussex.

The mantle place in the Dining Room dressed for Christmas at Uppark, West Sussex. - Credit: ©National Trust Images/Oskar Pro

Bateman's

Rudyard Kipling's former estate will become a winter wonderland land over Christmas with rooms getting a snowy makeover complete with foliage from around the estate, and a zesty Christmas tree will take centre stage, having been inspired by The Orange Tree embroidery piece by May Morris. 

Like with many other National Trust locations, you and the family can participate in the Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail throughout December.

Where: Bateman's Ln, Burwash, Etchingham TN19 7DS

When: Various dates from Wednesday 24th November 2021 to Monday 3rd January 2022

More information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/batemans

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