Escape to Chawton House, your local get away

September 1, 2020

See out the last of the long summer days in the beautiful setting of Chawton House. With a Country Fair, Sunday Picnics, Parkland Breakfasts, September Sunsets and brand new kids trails, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Throughout the late summer and early autumn, Chawton House will host a series of outdoor events to encourage people to enjoy what they’ve missed over the last four months enjoy the beautiful landscaped surroundings.

Chief Executive Katie Childs says: “We know it’s been a difficult time for people, what with the pressures of lockdown and countless cancelled holidays. We hope people can find renewed enthusiasm for all things local and include us in their staycation plans.”

Chawton House has a Good to Go award and a carefully mapped out one-way system for visitors to follow. Entry to the House and Gardens is bookable online and capacity is limited.

Summer Holidays activity trail

Running every day August till October half-term

Take your kids on a fun activity trail around Chawton House’s Garden and Parkland. Come and explore the beautiful grounds and discover wildlife right on your doorstep! Either download and print at home or ask for a free trail at reception.

Included in entry fee.

Sunday Picnics: Greek meze and English small plates

6 and 20 September.

2.00 – 4.00pm

Enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon with a ‘small bites’ picnic on the lawn. For just £16, explore the historic gardens, take in the beautiful scenery and then enjoy dining al fresco on the lawn at Chawton House.

£16 per head (includes one-off entry and food).

September Sunsets

11 and 25 September

6.00 – 8.00pm 

For these special evening events, the gardens are open from 6-8pm, leaving plenty of time to collect a cocktail and snack box from the Old Kitchen Tearoom, before heading to the South Lawn with a picnic blanket. Watch the sun disappear behind Chawton House and the spires of St Nicholas church.

Tickets are £12 per person and include entry, one cocktail (or mocktail) and a snack selection box. Drinks will also be available to purchase on the night.

Outdoor screening of Emma (2020)

Doors open at 7.30 pm, screening starts at 8.00pm

Enjoy Autumn de Wilde’s sumptuous adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma in the historic grounds of Chawton House. Purchase your refreshments and popcorn from the Old Kitchen Tearoom before taking your place on the South Lawn.

Handsome, clever and rich, Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) lives a comfortable lifestyle with her hypochondriac father (Bill Nighy) and delights in matchmaking. This beautifully made, fresh, funny and fast-moving version of the much-loved novel is a charming and faithful adaptation.



As we enjoy the last of summer, why not start a new hobby or hone a skill with these creative workshops.

Interactive poetry workshops

Wednesday 9 Sept, 5.30pm-6.30pm

Wednesday 14 Oct, 5.30pm-6.30pm

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a confident writer looking to take your poetry to the next level, this online class will have something for you. Writer, editor and university lecturer, Sinéad Keegan, will set exercises inspired by the archives at and the history of Chawton House and will run the interactive poetry class.

£10.00 per session.

Creative writing workshop – Writing historical fiction

Sat 26th – 11am UK BST

Sun 27th – 5pm UK BST

Has Chawton House inspired you to write a Regency drama? Or perhaps you’re fascinated by the Elizabethans or Victorians. This online workshop will consider the elements that make successful historical fiction and how you make that slice of history come alive.

£7.50 per session

Photography workshop

Tuesday 5 September


In-house photographer Claire Lewis will guide you to take your photography to the next level. Don’t worry about what type of camera you have, it’s all about enjoying the craft of capturing images! Taking place in the beautiful setting of Chawton House.

£45 (includes 20% discount on lunch from the Old Kitchen takeaway service)