Early Spring Events Programme at Chawton House


Orchard Wassail
Saturday 18 January 2020
Join this centuries’ old apple-growing celebration, with hearty singing in the orchard to encourage a bountiful harvest. You are welcome to bring an instrument to add to the festivities and a torch to join the torchlight procession. We will be joined by special guests the Kings Pond Shantymen for some lively traditional songs. £20 adult; £18 child (6-16). Includes soup, roll and drink.

Calligraphy Workshop – Valentine’s Special
Thursday 13 February 2020, 10.30am-2.30pm
In this special workshop you will learn the basic strokes, receive 1-1 tuition and have time for plenty of practice while making a unique Valentine’s card to treasure. £65 (includes light lunch & starter kit)

Snowdrops at Chawton House
16 February 2020, 11.00am-4.00pm
Come and enjoy the beauty of Chawton House grounds carpeted with snowdrops. Refreshments are available (to purchase) in the tearoom. £5. Children under 16 free. No advance booking required.

NGS Snowdrops Day
Sunday 23 February, 11.00am-4.00pm
All funds from this event support the NGS charities including Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Support. Refreshments available (to purchase) in the tearoom. £5. Children under 16 free. No advanced booking required.

Writers in Conversation: Gill Hornby, author of ‘Miss Austen’
Wednesday 19 February, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
The bestselling author of The Hive and All Together Now discusses her new novel with Carole Burns, author and Head of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton. Miss Austen has been described as ‘a wonderfully original, emotionally complex novel’. It investigates the mystery of Cassandra Austen’s destruction of a collection of letters left by her sister Jane, which has puzzled academics for centuries. £12/£10 friends (includes refreshments)

Half-Term Bullet Journal Workshops for Teens
Friday 21 February, 2.00pm-4.00pm
This workshop, led by wellbeing expert Joanna Feast, explores the creative and constructive non-digital method of Bullet Journaling as a way to improve organizational skills. It has been described as an ‘ideas hub’, a place to store thoughts and plans in a meaningful way, combining sketching, jotting and calendar to leave your mind free of clutter. £30 (including materials and refreshments)

Photography Workshop – Snowdrops
Saturday 22 February, 10.00am-2.30pm
Professional photographer Claire Lewis is an enthusiastic and supportive tutor who will help improve your photography. In this seasonal workshop she will guide you to capture the fleeting beauty of one of our most beloved plants. All levels and cameras welcome.
£45 (includes light lunch).