For families

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A fun day out with oodles of ideas for all ages

Discovering the Arch © National Trust

Discovering the Arch

Wildlife Discovery Area

Take the woodland path to the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area.

Its a wonderful place for children to get close to nature and play in the wild.

Explore habitats, dens and artistic structures, see what creatures you can spot from the wildlife watch hut.
 

Inspiration Station

  • Our inspiration station is shaped like a pine cone
  • Look out for it somewhere in reception
  • Pick up a family activity pack to help you explore the bug world
  • ... or uncover mythical beast and Greek gods amongst the statues
  • Choose gadgets and art materials to start your voyage of discovery

Climb away

See the Wildlife Discovery Area from a whole new angle

Climb our two story tree house and get a birds-eye view of the Wildlife Discover Area.

In fact, feel free to climb any of our trees .... and run around our wide open gardens.

We love ....

  • Drawing wildlife sightings with an art pack
  • Being a pirate and setting sail in the tree boathouse
  • Building magnificent dens
  • Making a memory stick in the wild wood
  • Spying on bugs and hearing birds sing
  • Telling stories in the story telling circle
  • Setting out on an adventure with a special activity pack
  • Looking at animal habitats
  • Watching activity on a pond from a hidden hide

Eating in or out?

  • The restaurant offers a wide variety of home cooked meals and snacks
  • Children can make up their own lunchboxes
  • High chairs and bottle warming are available
  • We have colouring sets, story books and toys to keep young children occupied
  • There is a picnic area near the restaurant
  • or find a shady spot in the garden if the sun is shining
  • Nature's Wild Diner for BBQ meals in the Wildlife Discovery Area (summer weekends only)

Resources

There are lots of stick lying around to build a den

There are lots of stick lying around to build a den

We've produced some downloadable resources to give you some ideas and make your visit more enjoyable.  We hope you find these useful.

House Trail, Lode Mill Trail, How to build a den and All things stick.

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