For families

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

Weekend of 26-27 July, 10-7pm
Come and play, join us for a weekend of garden games with Jaques of London. There will be Punch and Judy, a tombola, giant outdoor games, face painting and lots of croquet...

Free event (normal admission applies)

Hands-on below stairs

Our kitchen complete with produce from the garden © Veronica Garcia

Our kitchen complete with produce from the garden

Complete your visit to Ham with a hands-on experience in our basement and see what it would have been like to live and work below stairs. You can visit these rooms with just a garden ticket.

Family trails

View of great hall black and white floor from the round gallery © National Trust Images/John Millar

View of great hall black and white floor from the round gallery

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 holidays, Hallowe'en and Christmas

Face painting

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Weekend of 26 - 27 July

Come along and get your face painted in the garden during the Jaques weekend of fun and games.

£3 per child plus normal admission

Summer holidays story time

Come along for some stories at Ham © National Trust/Oskar Proctor

Come along for some stories at Ham

Wednesdays from 30 July - 27 August
From Funnybones to The Tiger who came to Tea... join us for story time during the school holidays. Please note, times vary so check with visitor reception on the day for times.

Free event (normal admission applies)

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

Join in with our crafts for children

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

Normal admission applies

Outdoor games

Giant garden games

Hire your game from the gift shop

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

£10 refundable deposit

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.

Normal admission applies