Chawton House launches new exhibition for Christmas that remembers festive traditions of the past
Celebrating Christmas from 21 November, Chawton House will host an exhibition and series of events and activities on select openings throughout the festive season. Discover Christmas traditions of the House from times gone by. Learn how the Austen and Knight families celebrated Christmas, and how women writers wrote for and about the festive season.
Activities for children and families will run over the weekends leading up to Christmas, starting with biscuit making on 7 and 8 December during the Christmas Fayre. On 14 and 15 is Christmas card making, on 21 and 22 is Christmas boxes and on 27, 28 and 29 is paper Christmas wreaths.
For the first time ever, Christmas at Chawton will run throughout the season with these special festive openings, 11am – 4pm:
- Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 Dec
- Friday 27 Dec
- Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 Dec
- Monday 30 Dec
Evening openings, 4 – 8pm:
- Thursday 19 December (with performance from Rogate Choral Society)
- Friday 20 December
The Old Kitchen Tea Room will have a festive menu and the shop will be filled with seasonal delights and stocking fillers.
Feel festive with these seasonal events.
Saturday 7 Dec, 11am-4pm
Sunday 8 Dec, 11am-4pm
Browse the stalls selling handmade and local produce, enjoy a mince pie or three, take part in festive family activities and meet Father Christmas in his grotto. Entry is £2, free for children under 16
Saturday 14 December, 10.30am-1.30pm
Ensure your Christmas table is fit for a Lord or Lady with this creative workshop in the historic surroundings of Chawton House. £45
Monday 16 December, 11am-4pm
Visit Jane Austen’s House Museum and Chawton House for half price entry on 16th December, Jane Austen’s birthday.
Book in advance for an even greater discount of just £7 for admission to both venues!