What's On

What’s on this winter . . .

Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote 

The Queen of Ightham Mote - an American Interlude: Queen Palmer, John Singer Sergeant and their Circle is the 2017 exhibition running from 4 March - 23 December.  The highlight is the famed Singer Sergeant portrait of Elsie Palmer, on loan from the States and last seen in the UK in 1999.  A definite 2017 highlight.

The house is currently dressed (until 1st January 2018) for Christmas just as Queen Palmer would have chosen, quintessential Victorian English with touches of American tradition.  

Christmas Carols in the Courtyard with meal: Saturday 9 and 16 December, 6.30 pm.  £32.50 per person.  Booking essential.

Christmas Carols in the Courtyard: Friday 15 and Friday 22 December, 6.30 pm.  £9.50 per person.  Booking essential.

Boxing Day and New Year Rambles: Tuesday 26 December and Monday 1 January, 10.00 am - 1 pm. £21.50 per person. Booking essential.

Enjoy a full English breakfast before striding out across the estate for fresh air and exercise, on an informal guided walk. Please wear suitable footwear and coats.  The walk is not suitable for small children or buggies.  Dogs permitted, but only on a lead.

Bookings: 01732 811314.

Ightham Mote  cafe. garden and shop is open all year.  The house is open 1100 - 1500 (with last entry half an hour before closing); the shop, garden and cafe open daily from 1000 - 1530.  The Mote is closed on December 24 and 25. 

Knole House

Knole House will be decorated for Christmas from 30 November.  

The Gatehouse will remain open throughout the winter where you can discover the life and loves of Eddy Sackville-West, journalist, musician and heir to Knole. Be intrigued by the 1920s and 1930s decor, the decades of Eddy's period of residence in the The Tower.

Breakfast with Knole's deer: weekends 9/10 and 16/17 December, 9.30 - 10.30 am.  

Wrap up warm to join Dom on his daily rounds, before retiring to the Brewhouse Cafe for hot chocolate.  £7.50 per person, suitable for children 5+.  Booking online.

Daily self-guided Knole Park walks.

New for 2017!

The Gatehouse Tower (open daily) can be viewed by the public for the first time. 

The Brewhouse Cafe - newly refurbished and with a tempting new menu.

The showrooms are now closed, but the Gatehouse Tower, shop and cafe opens from  10 am.  The park is open dawn to dusk.

Hever Castle

Visitors to Hever this winter can enjoy a magical interactive exploration of the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Wander through the grounds finding special guests, and breathe in the seasonal atmosphere!  The house is also decked with elaborate floral displays telling the history of Christmas carols.

The castle is open to 23 December. Until 23 November, Hever opens on Wednesday - Sunday, with the grounds opening at 10.30 am and the castle at noon, with the last entry being 3.00 pm..  From 11 - 23 December, the house is open daily, and last entry is 4.30 pm.


The house is closed now until 24 February 2018.  Four rooms in the main house open on selected week-ends in December, so visit the website of full information.

Winter Exhibition (open daily): Clementine Churchill, speaking for herself.  Open daily 18 November - 18 February, 11 am - 3 pm.

Leeds Castle

The castle is open daily. Book online for a 10% discount.

From October to March, winter opening times are in operation.  

See website for details of times and the Castle's seasonal activities.

Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place house and garden is now closed for the winter.

The Porcupine Pantry and gift shop are open daily for seasonal treats and shopping.

Great Comp Garden

The garden is now closed and will be open in 2018 from 25 March until 31 October 2018.

Visit the Great Comp website eshop, and the purchase of that perfect gift, an annual pass.  

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

The garden is closed.

A season of Christmas entertainment with skating and Alpine Cafe seasonal snacks will open from 1 December - 7 January.

Lullingstone Castle

The castle and garden re-open on 31 March 2018.

The Stag

Cinema and theatre with various live performances.