For families

Christmas is coming...

Explore the gardens as a family this Christmas © NTPL/Rob Stothard

Explore the gardens as a family this Christmas

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 December, 10am-2.30pm

Begin your family's celebration with a Christmas trail around our gardens. Follow the festive trail, have a go at Christmas themed activities and collect small stocking-filler gifts along the way. Children £5 each (includes gifts and trail). No booking needed.

Christmas is coming...

Say hello to Father Christmas as you complete our festive trail © NTPL/John Millar

Say hello to Father Christmas as you complete our festive trail

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 December, 10am-2.30pm

Begin your family's celebration with a Christmas trail around our gardens. Follow the festive trail, have a go at Christmas themed activities and collect small stocking-filler gifts along the way. Children £5 each (includes gifts and trail). No booking needed.

Family walks

Dig out your wellies and explore our woodlands whatever the weather.

A family walk can turn into an adventure with our colour coded blue trail. Follow the 1.5 mile circular route through the woodlands and discover carved wooden animals and our Wild Play Trail hidden amongst the trees.

Dogs are also welcome in our woodlands.

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.

Climb a tree, build a den, make a mud pie and more as you complete our list of not-to-be-missed experiences.

Free family trail

Wrap up warm and discover the garden with our seasonal 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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