For families

Children playing around a tree at Attingham © NTPL/John Millar

Children playing around a tree at Attingham

Summer adventures

We've got plenty of ideas to keep you and your little ones busy this summer, from days exploring our play field to our special events, including canoeing and outdoor theatre. With so much on, we've made a summer adventure planner that you can download and pin to your fridge to make sure you don't miss a thing - there's even some inspiration for fun 50 Things activities to try any day you visit.

Family trails

Adventures and discovery down in the woodlands at The Vyne © Claire Shuter

Adventures and discovery down in the woodlands at The Vyne

Don't miss our family trails every day of the school holidays - search for hidden clues around our grounds and see if you can find the answers and claim your prize. This summer, you can go wild in the woods on our nature trails or search for animal agents with our First World War trails. Trails are £2.50 per child and available from 10am - 4pm.

Shoulder of Mutton play field

Get scrambling and explore our natural play field © National Trust/Derek Wilberham

Get scrambling and explore our natural play field

Are you brave enough to run through the Pipe Monster? Our Shoulder of Mutton playing field near the Orchard is a natural playground featuring loads of things to explore. There's also sports equipment you can borrow free of charge to try out table tennis, volleyball and more, and traditional swings for little ones.

Play trail

Will you make it across? © National Trust/Derek Wilberham

Will you make it across?

Have you spotted our natural play trail hidden in the woods? Have a look on your next visit and test your balance on the beams, or see if you make it across the stepping stones.

Time to tick off:

  •  © NTPL/National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

    1: Climb a tree

    See what you can spot from new heights.

  •  © NTPL/National Trust Images/ArnheldeSerra

    18: Create some wild art

    See what materials you can find in the woodland and let your imagination run wild!

  •  © NTPL/Ian Shaw

    44: Go bird watching

    There are lots of birds in our woods at this time of year: come and see what you can spot.

Over to you

What makes a great family day out? We want to hear your thoughts on our current family events – and what you’d like to see in future. Tell us about your favourite family adventures in a short survey here - thank you!

House mouse trail

Can you spot all the house mice?

If the weather's not so perfect for finding our hidden secrets outdoors, venture into the mansion and pick up a free trail to see if you can spot all our cute house mice.

Pause for a picnic

Family picnics are a great way to refuel after a day of adventures: head up to the Orchard to find our favourite benches under the apple blossom. If you fancy an extra treat, why not pick up an ice cream at the Carriage House Café on your way?

Fun whatever the weather

Come rain or shine

  • Wrap up well and rainy days can be great fun. Why not:
  • Splash in some puddles (don't forget your wellies)
  • Explore the mansion (open daily from 1 March) and try our children's trail
  • Find some great children's books in our bookshop: perfect for rainy day reads
  • Warm up with a treat in our cafĂ©: children's lunchboxes also available
  • Walk through the woodland and hear the rain pattering on the leaves