Younger visitors

Vanessa Bell’s three children, Julian, Quentin and Angelica, were brought up at Charleston. They revelled in the freedom of the countryside and grew up inspired by the creativity of the older generation.

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Visiting Charleston with children

Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays are the perfect days to explore Charleston for visitors with children.

The self-guided House experience of Sundays is designed to be best suited to the flexible needs of families. Timed entry tickets allow visitors to explore the house at their own pace, with volunteer stewards in each room to help bring objects, art and decorative schemes to life and answer your burning questions. Discover the hidden stories behind important objects and take as much or little time as you like in your favourite rooms.

Older children may enjoy our guided tours which take place Wednesday-Saturday, but during guided tours the opportunities to talk or interact as a family are very limited. Feedback from families suggests the flexibility of Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday visits is often preferred.

Free Family Art Activities – First Sunday of every month and every Sunday in August

Bringing the artistic tradition of Charleston alive today, we invite families to create their own art while visiting Charleston.

Free activities are hosted by Charleston’s fantastic volunteers, who will be on hand to help and encourage you. From paper lampshades to clay models, activities have been inspired by the art and lives of the Bloomsbury group. We require parents or carers to stay with their children, and encourage you to create artworks together as a family. Suitable for everyone aged 3 and over.

When: 12:30 – 4pm

First Sunday of each month, March – October 2018, Sunday 18th March and every Sunday in August

Where: The Pottery (accessed through the Café) or The Garden in good weather

No booking required.

House and Garden Trails for Children

We have two free Trails for children to enjoy while visiting Charleston. Children can follow one of our new free Childrens’ Trails in the House, looking out for patterns, objects and artworks and then designing their own. Our free Secret Garden Trail, available from the shop, inspires younger visitors to search for statues in the Charleston gardens.


Young Bohemians Workshops

Our ‘Young Bohemians’ workshops provide fantastic opportunities for young artists to work with professional artists and makers. Advance booking is required.

Young Bohemians: Techno Junk Portraits with Mike Stones – 9 April, Ages 8-12
Young artists will combine discarded mechanical, technological and digital objects with more traditional art materials to produce junk portraits.


The Site

Food & Drink: The outer studio Café offers a delicious selection of lunches, homemade cakes and light bites. There is also a picnic field which visitors are welcome to use. Please note picnics must be enjoyed in the designated picnic area, and are not allowed in the Walled Garden.

Gardens: The Garden is an ideal space for families to relax, read, sketch or investigate the vegetable patch.

What else to do while in the area: You might also like to take a walk up onto the South Downs Way or take a bike ride along the Old Coach Road which runs along the back of Charleston – read more

Facilities: We have a baby change facility within the accessible toilet.

Protecting our collection: Within the house, we ask that visitors help protect our collection by adhering to a few simple guidelines. Large bags and pushchairs are not permitted in the house. Please ask our shop staff to safely store these for you. Slings are very welcome, and we ask they are worn at the front.

What's on

The Children in the Moon 29 AugFamily
The Children in the Moon

Bring a picnic and watch the outdoor performance of ‘The Children in the Moon’, and then explore, play and make your own creations as a family.

Woodcut Printmaking Workshop Helen Brown Charleston 03 SepWorkshop
Woodcut Printmaking Workshop with Helen Brown

Picture Credit: Helen Brown Learn the processes of woodcut printmaking, with tutor Helen Brown, from design More

Small Wonder Festival 2018 at Charleston 28 Sep - 30 Sep
Small Wonder Festival 2018

The Small Wonder 2018 website is now live – visit the festival website for full information. More

13 OctPerformance

Revel in a rebellious performance art cabaret that breaks the gender binary including work by Nando Messias, Marisa Carnesky, Travis Alabanza and KUCHENGA.

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