For families

Family trails

Find out about our exotic furniture © NTPL, John Millar

Find out about our exotic furniture

Pick up a trail for the garden or house - just ask at visitor reception or when entering the house.
Please note, charges apply at special times of year including Easter, Hallowe'en and Christmas.

Face painting

Face painting at Ham © Nicola Morgan / National Trust

Face painting at Ham

Come along and get your face painted in the below stairs rooms inside Ham House. We have teamed up with local fundraiser, Becky Lane, who is raising money for Diabetes UK - all proceeds raised go towards this great cause.

  • Good Friday, 18 April
  • Easter Saturday, 19 April
  • Father's Day, Sunday 15 June

£3 per child plus normal admission

Fun and games with Jaques

Come and play with Jaques traditional games in our garden © Jaques of London

Come and play with Jaques traditional games in our garden

Weekends of 28-29 June and 26-27 July, 10-7pm
Come and play, join us for a weekend of garden games with Jaques of London at Ham. There will be Punch and Judy, a tombola, picnic baskets, giant outdoor games to play and lots of croquet...

Free event (normal admission applies)

Father's Day

Lose yourselves in the gardens © John Millar

Lose yourselves in the gardens

Sunday 15 June

Make your dad's day - free entry for dads if accompanied by their children (of any age) on Father's Day. 

Normal admission for the rest of the family



Romeo and Juliet

Come and see an outdoor theatre performance © National Trust

Come and see an outdoor theatre performance

Sun 13 July, arrive 6pm, starts 7pm

This summer, our annual Shakespeare performance - Romeo and Juliet - is on the GCSE curriculum. Why not treat your children to outdoor theatre in our garden?

Adult £16, child £8, family £40 (2 adults and 2 children)

Call 0844 249 1895 to book

Easter egg fun

Join the hunt for chocolate treats

Join the hunt for chocolate treats

Join us on the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail and win a Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize from Friday 18 to Monday 21 April.

  • £3 per child plus normal admission
  • Booking not needed


50 things to do: den building

The gardeners have been busy cutting down branches in the garden - collect the branches and build a den.

Den building is number 4 in our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' campaign.

Family art activities

Brightly coloured butterflies enjoying spring at Antony

Create an art piece inspired by your visit to Ham - free family art activities in the below stairs rooms. Add these art activities to your visits at weekends and school holidays.

Dress up as a Stuart

Portrait of Charles I by Sir Anthony Van Dyck in original Sunderland frame

Try on some courtly attire and explore our below stairs rooms. Choose from 17th-century sashes, shawls and capes.

Free activity (normal admission charges apply)

Outdoor games

Giant garden games

Hire your game from the gift shop

Connect four, quoits, noughts and crosses... hire out a basket containing an outdoor game to play in the garden.

£10 refundable deposit