Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust to open Charlton House & Gardens for seasonal celebrations this autumn

15 September 2022
Press Release

An autumn fair, spooky Halloween events for all ages, and the start of the Christmas season will all be on offer to unite Charlton and Blackheath community

CHARLTON, ROYAL GREENWICH – In the resilient and festive spirit of our late Queen, Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust is gearing up for a celebratory autumn to entertain and warm the hearts of Greenwich residents.

Two major highlights coming up in October are the returns of two local favourites: one a long tradition, and one brand new. First up is the much-loved Horn Fair on 16th October, which this year will include expanded activities for kids, musical performances throughout the day, and local food and makers’ markets. Then, Charlton House will host Play Dead London for a reprise of the summer’s very popular MURDER! at Charlton House immersive theatre event on 27th October, revamped with a spooky twist for Halloween.

More details on autumn events at Charlton House & Gardens found below:

Friday Concerts – Fridays at 1pm
Every Friday at 1pm, Trinity Laban alumni, Stephen Maw, presents a free classical concert featuring extraordinary local musicians. Check here regularly for programme updates!

Announced line-up:

Open Fridays – Friday 15th October and 19th November
Come behind-the-scenes at Charlton House & Gardens, and discover 400 years of history in this remarkable manor house built for the tutor of James I/VI’s son, Prince Henry. Your guide will lead you through both day-to-day life in the House, and the estate’s connection to landmark historic moments and people, including the Royal Family, the tradition of Horn Fair, and World War I & II.

Open Fridays tours are one hour long and are £5 per person. Children under 12 can join the tour free of charge. Open Fridays also feature free Friday Concerts and The Producers’ Market.

Horn Fair – Sunday 16th October at 11am
Charlton’s autumn celebration returns this October. Save the date for maker and food markets, kids’ fun, and musical performances.


Charlton House Explorers: Witches of Greenwich – Tuesday 25th October and Wednesday 26th October
This Halloween at Charlton House & Gardens, kids get witchy and discover 400 years of magic and mystery! Fly over to Charlton House & Gardens for a broomstick bash this Halloween! Beginner witches and warlocks will craft their own potions, hats, and wands, and discover the mystical side of a centuries-old manor… £5 per child aged 5-12 includes crafts and Halloween goodies. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


MURDER! at Charlton House – Thursday 27th October at 7:00pm
Back for Halloween by popular demand! Lord and Lady Mulberry request the pleasure of your company at their 1925 ball, in celebration of their recent arrival in Charlton. But is everything as it seems? Tickets include a glass of fizz, and an evening of exploration, intrigue, and immersive theatre inside Charlton House.


Christmas Switch-on – Thursday 24th November
Charlton’s annual Christmas kick-off is back for another festive season. Come along for holiday treats from Frilly’s, a Christmas market, carols, and the lighting of Charlton House’s tree.

The Elf Who Stole Christmas – Saturday 3rd December
Our friends at Play Dead London return to Charlton House for a festive family mystery. In this hour-and-a-half immersive show, Santa’s come to Charlton to collect Christmas wishes, but there’s a naughty elf following along and stealing gifts. Father Christmas will need your help to find the culprit and save Christmas! Recommended for ages 7+.

Families will be able to add special Christmas treats to their tickets, including a Christmas afternoon tea.

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust is a registered charity, formed in 2014 to look after key structures, objects, and historic records within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Assets in the Trust’s care include Charlton House & Gardens, Charlton Assembly Rooms, Tudor Barn, and the Museum Collections & Archive of the Royal Greenwich, as well as memorials across the Borough. Its aim is to ensure the future of the Royal Greenwich’s rich heritage whilst bringing that heritage to life for everyone, through exhibitions, tours, walks and activities.

Charlton House is a Grade 1 listed Jacobean manor house situated in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London. Built between 1607 and 1612 for Sir Adam Newton, tutor to James I’s eldest son, Henry, Prince of Wales, the House has a rich and colourful history and is now in the proud care of the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust.