Fun for families at Hardwick Hall

Two kids in wellies in a muddy puddle

There are plenty of things to do for families at Hardwick throughout the seasons. From dressing up and history quizzes in the house, to the fairy houses in the garden. There’s always something to do come rain or shine. Make sure you keep an eye on our events page for more family fun.

In the Gardens

Explore the four courtyards of the South court see if you can spot the fairy houses tucked away near the winter border. Our younger visitors have spotted many animal shapes, and even dinosaurs in the Stumpery, see what you can spot.

The Hardwick gardens are a delightful place for day out
Family in the orchard surrounded by daffodils

In the Hall

Discover the lives of facinating women at Hardwick from England's lost princess, Arbella Stuart to the Last Lady of Hardwick, Duchess Evelyn.

See if you can find Arbella's keys to freedom or  try your hand at knitting in Duchess Evelyn's apartments

Get hands on the Below Stairs with our rug rugging or dress up as some of the characters who worked below stairs.

In the Park

Have fun trying to identify the birds on the lake and keep an eye out for Bess' oak. It's thought to be over 400 years old.

Go for a wander down Lady Spencer’s Walk (suitable for buggies) and enjoy den building along the way in our natural play areas.
 
Get outdoors and enjoy the Hardwick park
Children enjoying a muddy walk

In the Stableyard

Why not bring a football with you or a frisbee and have some fun running around in Stableyard? Or you can borrow one from the Visitor Centre. There are lots of family activities each school holiday, check out our event page for more information.

When you are ready for a break enjoy our children’s menu in the Great Barn Restaurant or browse the pocket money section of the Stables Shop.

Stainsby Mill

Stainsby Mill is a great visit for families. The working water mill is full of the sights and sounds from the life of a 19th century miller. See the milled flour move around the mill, and get hands on with a hand mill and discover all about the mechanics of the little gem.