Spending time at a National Trust property is always a lovely experience and even better over the festive season. Alternatively, why not pick up excellent Christmas gifts for loved-ones and avoid manic high street shopping?

Where?

Quebec House: a Georgian Christmas

When?

Saturday & Sunday (1pm to 4pm) on:

10th & 11th, 17th & 18th December

The beautiful Quebec house will be adorned with foliage from the garden and open fires to welcome visitors. Guests can partake in spiced hot chocolate and sample Christmas baking. Peek at the celebratory feast and find out more about what winter was really like for the Wolfe family in the early eighteenth century.

Prices:

Normal admission charges apply

Where?    

Scotney Castle’s Woodland wonderland

When?

Saturday 3rd December to Sunday 1st January (closed 24th & 25th December) from 10am to 3pm

A fabulous ‘woodland wonderland’ comes alive at Scotney Castle, with a family Christmas trail set among natural sculptures around the garden. Make decorations to take home and visit the tree at the castle to make your treasured wish!

Prices:

Tickets £2 per trail, normal admission charges apply

Where?

Bateman’s: Rewards and Fairies

When?

Saturday 3rd to Saturday 31st December (11am to 3pm)

Visitors will be intrigued by Kipling’s stories of Sussex. Fairy tales will be the theme for decorations, talks and wonderful storytelling. The property will use the local landscape Kipling adored to provide the ingredients for handmade decorations for the house, tea room and water mill.

Get ready to find the homes of the fairies that have been living in Kipling’s books within his study, and the doors which are the routes back to their garden homes!  

Find out more about Kipling’s recently republished book ‘Rewards and Fairies’, the sequel to ‘Puck of Pook’s Hill’. Outside, follow the Rewards and Fairies trail and spy the warm winter homes of Kipling’s creatures tucked away around the estate.

Prices:

Normal admission charges apply, £1.50 per trail

There are numerous NT properties to explore in the run up to Christmas and over the festive season. Find out more by visiting:

www.nationaltrust.org.uk