For families

Family fun for the holidays

Explore the great outdoors this summer

Explore the great outdoors this summer

We've got lots planned that will help keep you busy all summer long such as the maze, woodland play trail and Storybook Play Den. There's also a varied programme of events to look forward to.

Our giant slide

If you think your kids won’t be interested in our conservation work, how about climbing to the top of a 6.6m scaffold before heading down via our giant slide?

  • Open weekends and school holidays 1-4.30pm, subject to weather conditions.
  • Suggested donation £2.

Woodland Play Trail

A woodland trail with a difference... around every corner you'll find a new place to play and test your climbing, balancing and den building skills.

Our woodlands are open daily.

Amazing maze

Take on the challenge of our massive yew tree maze and have fun getting lost as you explore the 500m of paths winding amongst 2m high hedges.

Who will be the first to get to the centre?

Storybook Play Den

Let imaginations run wild among all the storybook characters in this special area designed for under 10s. The Doll's House café is right next door - ideal for a cup of coffee whilst the children play.

Outdoor adventures

An outdoor adventure is always around the corner here.

Hunt for bugs, build a den, go bird watching and more as you complete our list of not-to-be-missed experiences.

Free family trail

Family trails

Explore the gardens together with our free trail designed especially for families.

Follow the route and discover all that the gardens have to offer along the way. Pick up your copy from the Information Centre on arrival.

All the essentials

  • Baby-changing facilities in all toilets
  • Buggies to borrow from the Information Centre
  • Family-friendly cafés with children’s options, high chairs and bottle-warming facilities
  • Pushchair-friendly paths - stop by the Information Centre for a 'step-free' route map
  • Picnic areas, including in the Water Garden, right next to the play area
  • Free seasonal family trails available from the Information Centre

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