For families

Huia's Dell

Huia was the son of the 4th Earl and Queen Victoria's godson

Huia was the son of the 4th Earl and Queen Victoria's godson

Visit Huia's Dell, our children’s play area. You'll find balance beams, a mini tight-rope and slalom posts for kids to run off some energy. There're even secret seats tucked under the trees when you need a rest. Find us at the top of the garden.

Enjoy the outdoors

We’ve put together a list of 50 of the best outdoor activities you can do before you’re 11¾. Up for the challenge?

Take a look at the 12 excellent activities available here then head to the 50 things website to sign up.

House trails

Follow our trails around the house to help your young ones get the most from their visit. Uncover hidden gems with two trails for different ages. Pick one up at the house entrance or download it here if you're planning a visit.

Download an under 7's trail

Download an over 7's trail

Garden trail

There are lots of fun things for children to do around our garden, so why not download our garden trail? Follow the map to find out what you can do and tick each thing off as you go. Pick one up from reception or download it here if you're planning a visit.

Welcome leaflet

Plan your visit, find out a little about the house, garden and everything else there is to do here. It also features a comprehensive map of the whole place and provides all our contact details in a handy pocket-size guide. Download it now or pick one up at reception.

Fun family events

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    Making Mondays

    Enjoy the school holidays on Mondays in August, join us for trails and arts & crafts 

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    Pony magic

    A magical experience with safe ponies and experienced handlers, rides suitable for 2-11 years

  • Take a shot on Brownsea Island © NTPL/John Millar


    Think you’re the next Robin Hood? Discover the skills of archery, ages 6 and over


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The restaurant serves a wide variety of hot and cold food including children’s lunchboxes, hot meals and ice creams. Highchairs are available for young children and we're always happy to heat up baby food for you. Just ask us.

Garden games

 © Dan Herbert

Enjoy a selection of larger-than-life games. We've got chunky chess, super snakes & ladders, dominoes and gigantic jenga to use on the lawn throughout the season. Pick them up from the garden or just ask us for them.

Picnic spots

A tasty picnic on the Hillside © Paul Harris

Want to bring your own food? We have a small picnic area with benches provided near reception. Alternatively you can just throw your rug down in the garden, break out your hamper and enjoy the surroundings.

Family membership

To help keep costs down you can sign up for a family membership and enjoy free admission to over 300 houses, gardens and stunning areas of coastline and countryside. You can join on the day or email us to find out more.