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.

Play trail

Will you make it across? 

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.


 © National Trust/IsabellaFox

Did you know we have an orienteering trail? You can download your copy of the trail below to have a go at any day you like and put your map reading skills to the test.

Shoulder of Mutton play field

 © National Trust/IsabellaFox

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.

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.

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.

In the servants' shoes

Discover what life was like for servants in a mansion with our family activities in the basement. Why not help create a feast fit for a Lord, or try on our dressing up costumes to travel back in time?

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