Croquet on the lawn

Why not pass the time with a game of croquet © Colin Searle

Why not pass the time with a game of croquet

Try something different; challenge your friends and family to a game of croquet. Have an unforgettable game playing against the magical backdrop of A la Ronde and the Exe Estuary. Just ask in the shop to collect the mallets and balls.

Build the tower

You need a steady hand to win this game © Colin Searle

You need a steady hand to win this game

We have a range of games you can play on the lawn for free. Test how steady your hand is with a giant game of Jenga. Just pop into the shop to collect the blocks from our staff.

Fancy a game?

Anyone for three in a row? © Colin Searle

Anyone for three in a row?

Why not enjoy the sun and fresh air with a quick game of noughts and crosses on the lawn. Collect the game from our shop.

Giant board games

You can play a giant game of Snakes and Ladders for free on the lawn © A la Ronde Staff

You can play a giant game of Snakes and Ladders for free on the lawn

Give our giant game of snakes and ladders a go or try your skills playing hoopla. Pop into the shop to try our free lawn games.

Step back in time

There is plenty to keep the family happy in the Dress Room. Why not try on a Victorian frock or a top hat? See how you look dressed up as a Victorian gentleman or Georgian lady.

Get building

You've had a look around A la Ronde, now see if you can build it out of these blocks in the Dressing Room. It's harder than it looks.

Can you hear me?

A la Ronde is full of speaking tubes which were used to send messages to the servants. You can try one out in the Dressing Room. What will you hear?

Family trails

One of the striking diamond-shaped windows at A la Ronde © NTPL/Geoffrey Frosh

Explore the house and discover its secrets with our two family trails:

  • Learn more about the Parminter's incredible tour around Europe and the souvenirs they brought back.
  • Discover the secrets of the Parminter's craftwork on our second trail, from the Shell Gallery to pictures made of seaweed, sand and card.

Garden spotters

Lozenge shaped windows look out to the fabulous views beyond, A la Ronde © NTPL/Rupert Truman

Our wild flower meadow is teeming with wild life. Have a look at our two different nature spotters and then take a wander through the meadow. What plants can you recognise?

  • How many different plants can you identify from their leaves?
  • How many different berries and flowers can you see?


Make your own silhouettes

See the beautiful Torond silhouette in the Drawing Room at A la Ronde © NTPL/David Garner

Want to make your own feather frieze or silhouette? Help yourself to feathers and card in the Drawing Room and see what you can create.

Get creative

Get inspired by the Parminter sisters and make your own shell decorations © A la Ronde Staff

Feeling inspired by the Shell Gallery? Help yourself to some shells and card in the Dressing Room and see what pictures you can make.

Become an expert

The Sidmouth Croquet Club runs free croquet sessions on the lawn, the second Tuesday of every month between May and September. Email us or call 01395 265514 to find out more.

Go for a cycle

See more of the beautiful river Exe travelling along the cycle paths. From A la Ronde you can head to nearby Exmouth and onwards to Lympstone.

Local works of art

Take a look at the art and craft exhibitions at A la Ronde. Produced by local artists, these unique displays change every two weeks so there is always something new to see.