For families

Acres of parkland an gardens to explore © Roots Marketing

Acres of parkland an gardens to explore

Family fun

Go on an incredible adventure through the grounds of Belton House and Parkland. With seasonal trails, activities and challenges, discover Belton's stories inside and out.

From exploring the Ride Play Café and creative crafts in the Discovery Centre to kite flying on the Oval, there is something for all families to enjoy.

Find out more on the events page.

Paint the Garden

Discover fantastic views on our lakeside walk, it only takes about an hour © Rika Gordon

Discover fantastic views on our lakeside walk, it only takes about an hour

Sunday 29 June, 27 July & 31 August

Drop by and be inspired by our beautiful gardens. Borrow your watercolour paints, pencils or pastels for free and find your favourite spot to draw or paint. Meet at the Orangery between 11am and 4pm.

50 things Guest Visit

Author of 101 things for kids to do outside, Dawn Isaac © Rika Gordon

Author of 101 things for kids to do outside, Dawn Isaac

Friday 25 July

As part of our Friday 50 things Challenge we are proud to be joined by author of '101 Things for Kids to do Outside'. Dawn Isaac will be leading particular activities picked from her book.  Meet Dawn and the team at 12, 1 or 2pm by the Discovery Centre.

Holiday activities: Meander on Mondays

A gentle stroll along Statue Walk © Gary Morgan

A gentle stroll along Statue Walk

Mondays from 14 July to 25 August

Enjoy a gentle meander around the gardens and parkland with seasonal I-Spy trails or pick up a GPS from the Garden Shop to find the hidden geocaches at some of our favourite spots.

Holiday activities: Tweet on Tuesdays

What will you see from our pop up hide? © Leonora Harbord

What will you see from our pop up hide?

Tuesdays from 15 July to 26 August

Find the pop-up hides hidden somewhere in the gardens and have a go at wildlife watching and special themed games. Why don't you tweet your findings to us @BeltonFamilies?

Holiday activities: Wild on Wednesdays

What wildlife can you spot at Belton? © National Trust Images

What wildlife can you spot at Belton?

Wednesdays from 16 July to 27 August

Explore Belton's wildlife with us. Whether it's bugs, mammals or birds we're looking for there is lots to find. We provide you with all the kit you need. Starts at the Discovery Centre from 11am until 4pm.

Holiday activities: Design on Thursday

Drop into the the Discovery Centre and create your own design. © National Trust Images

Drop into the the Discovery Centre and create your own design.

Thursdays from 17 July to 28 August

Be inspired by Belton this year with a variety of drop-in arts and crafts from 11am until 4pm. Start your exploration at the Discovery Centre. We are an Arts Award Supporter.

Holiday activities: 50 Things Friday

Have you started to tick off your 50 Things to Do list? © National Trust

Have you started to tick off your 50 Things to Do list?

Fridays from 18 July to 29 August

Join us as we challenge teams with a 50 Things activity. Meet the Play Team at 12noon, 1pm or 2pm at the Discovery Centre where you can pick up a scrapbook and help tick something new off your list!

Fun for tots

Belton Button Bucks Club

Come on 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month to enjoy stories, rhymes and crafts for children up to 4yrs.

We're now running two identical sessions at 10 - 10.45am or 11.15 - 12pm so you can come at a time to suit! ( Pre-booking is strongly advised).

Sharing memories


Do have fond memories of visiting us or a great Belton experience you'd like to share?

Why not send us your photos from visits gone by and we'll add them to our memories board - or borrow a Polaroid camera from the garden shop and capture new memories?

Add to the collection by emailing images to Leonora Harbord.

Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre is open at weekends and school holidays from 12.30pm until 4.30pm.

The whole family can take part in free, seasonal craft activities, borrow materials to explore the gardens and parkland and discover more about Belton's stories.

Find us in the Estate Yard behind the Plant and Garden shop!

Top 10 things to do

  • Climb the tree houses in the Adventure Playground
  • Ride the miniature train
  • Hire out a GPS unit and go geocaching
  • Play pooh sticks at the bridge
  • Go wildlife watching at the Boathouse lake
  • Fly kites on the oval
  • Enjoy a picnic in the gardens
  • Crawl in the tunnels on the Ride play area
  • Collect materials for a scavenger hunt
  • Create your own natural piece of art

Wildlife Explorers

Run in partnership with the RSPB, explore the wildlife in the parkland and gardens with seasonal walks and activities.

The club starts at 10am at the Discovery Centre.

Parties in the Ride

Celebrate your child's birthday with a party in the Ride Play Café.

Your party includes access to the play equipment and your choice of party food.

Contact Leonora Harbord for more information and availability.