For families

What's here for families?

Climbing a tree and looking at the views is just one thing the kids can do © Chris Stratton

Climbing a tree and looking at the views is just one thing the kids can do

At Carding Mill Valley you'll find lots to do to keep the kids entertained. Whether it's going for a walk to the top of the hill, playing in the stream, flying a kite on the reservoir bank or grass sledging on a piece of cardboard you'll be able to fill a whole day with activities. Here you'll find ideas on some of the activities you can have a go at whilst visiting us.

Have lunch with us

Kids can have fun playing in the tea-room while you enjoy a cup of tea

Head to the back room of the tea-room and there's lots to keep the kids entertained over lunch.

There are games for the kids to play, colouring in sheets and a small soft play area for the little ones.

Adventure Trail

Do a bit of bird watching in the bird hide while you are here

Go on an adventure and see if you can get to the reservoir without using the footpath.

Pick up a map and get exploring.

See if you can do the following

  • climb up the rope pull
  • build a den
  • scramble up the banks

50 things to do

Bring your list and see how many of them you can do here. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Climb a huge hill
  • Catch a fish with a net
  • Dam a stream
  • Go bird watching

Five ideas of things to do in the stream

  • Come and have a splash around in the stream © National Trust Images/John Millar

    Have a paddle

    Get your shoes and socks off and get your bare feet into the cold water. Or get your wellies on and see how deep the water goes, without getting the water over the top of your wellies of course!

  • Kids spend hours trying to dam the stream at Carding Mill Valley © Emily Knight

    Dam the stream

    See if you can make a bigger dam than this to stop the stream from flowing.

    Collect lots of stones from the streambed and build as big a dam as you can to try and stop the water.

     

     

  • Come and see what you can find in the stream and ponds © Chris Stratton

    Pond dipping

    Get a net and a bucket and see what you can catch in the pond.

    You should find fish, freshwater shrimp, tadpoles and lots more.

    You can buy nets and buckets in the shop, and pick up a free ID chart.

  • Come and have a game of Pooh Sticks in the stream at Carding Mill Valley © Emily Knight

    Play Pooh sticks

    This is a fun game to play. The first thing you need to do is find a stick each. Then find a length of the stream to use. On the count of three drop your sticks into the water then follow them down the stream to your finish line. Watch out to see whose stick crosses the finish line first. 

  • Get behind the waterfall

    Pick up a walks card on arrival at Carding Mill Valley or download the walk to the waterfall in advance.

    When you get to the waterfall see if you can get behind it without getting soaked. Remember that the waterfall gets even bigger after we've had rain on the hills.

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