5 things to enjoy at Painshill in December

It is officially December; gloves, hats and scarves you must remember!

It’s the start of advent, chocolate calendars, the return of the elf, and a more socially acceptable time to eat chocolate or delicious cake for breakfast, and lets not forget the glistening ground and the sparkling trees.

The frosty, low mist mornings are settling in and this is a perfect time to enjoy the festive season. Take a walk within the winter landscape and crunch along the ground of fallen leaves across a crystal glaze of frost.

1. A Christmas gift for The Hermitage

Image: Sckell 1779

The Hermitage, set within the woodland at the western end of the park, is somewhat a mystical story and history, dating back to the mid-eighteenth century.

Amongst the other follies at Painshill, the Hermitage is an important feature within the landscape. Views from the Hermitage open out into the countryside, and the Surrey Hills beyond. This is a perfect trip for the festive winter season. Wrap up with some winter warmers and set off the visit this fine example of 18th century taste and fashion.

Photo: The Hermitage was re-created to its natural form in 2004.

After being restored in 2004 to its natural form, time has since passed and the roof of the Hermitage was again in need of being re-thatched. Our magical team at Painshill along with dedicated craftsmen, full of expertise, began the task of re-thatching the new roof.

Photo: Re-thatching of the Hermitage

We are thrilled to announce, on the 1st December, the Hermitage is now open along with an early Christmas present of a newly thatched roof.

2. Alice in Wonderland

The Alice in Wonderland trail is now in full swing and looking forward to seeing many friends and families this Christmas season.

Come along to meet the White Rabbit within the beautiful Painshill landscape and begin the ‘chase’ across the topsy-turvy world that gets ‘curiouser and curiouser’ as your fantastical adventure unfolds.

Enjoy this unique and extraordinary tale of Alice in Wonderland at Painshill Park, open until 7th January.

Photos: Alice in Wonderland Trail, Painshill

It is a wonderland not to be missed.

A Winter Tip– the winter trail is the same price as the admission fee to Painshill. You get to explore the park at this festive time of year and add to your journey by meeting some marvellous Alice characters too.

3. Christmas Lunch Menu

Painshill’s delicious and exquisite three-course Christmas meal is available to book online. Enjoy mouth-watering flavours of a rich menu created by our Head Chef. This will be available on specific dates throughout December.

Photo: Christmas main course lunch, Painshill

A fabulous way to fulfil your festive appetite!

Image: The Christmas menu

4. Wild Christmas Camp

Join us this Christmas in the wild at the most festive and adventurous camp ever to be hosted at Painshill.

New for 2023, Painshill’s creative education team are dedicating two days in December for the Wild Christmas Camp adventures.

Photo: Group walk in the frosty landscape

Children can attend without their parents or guardians, meaning Christmas shopping may be easily achievable this year! Children must be aged 8-11 years.

The camp dates are on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 December from 9am-3pm.

This is a chance to get arty with natural crafts, making stocking fillers from wool, willow and wood. There’ll be lots of holiday tasty treats cooked on the campfire and plenty of hot chocolate! And of course, go walking in a winter wonderland with Christmas games and outdoor activities.

Take a walk on the wild side and book your camp date.

5. Become a member at Painshill

Make amazing memories with membership. Painshill offers everyone a place of tranquility, beauty and charm.

Painshill membership is a fantastic gift for Christmas which also includes some unique experiences such as a number of trails throughout the year.