Fun for Families at Hardwick

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There are plenty of things to do for families at Hardwick throughout the seasons. From nature trails around the grounds and 50 things activities, to dressing up and history quizzes in the house, 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 courtyards of the gardens with a tracker pack – discover creepy crawlies in the long grass, have fun identifying the different flowers throughout the year or lie on your back on the lawns and watch the clouds.
Throughout the school holidays find games on the lawns to enjoy with all the family from hula hoops to a game of cricket.

In the Hall

Try on an historic hat, have a go at drawing your own portrait just like the ones in the Long Gallery or take part in one of our history trails. Turn detective and help us track down the “Agents of Deterioration” in the Discovery Room or discover more at one of the conservation stations; we've plenty to keep you occupied on those rainy days.

In the Park

Grab a 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ map from the Visitor Centre and head out into 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.

In the Stableyard

Why not bring a football with you or a frisbee and have some fun running around in Stableyard? There are lots of games to play too – play a game of chess, kick a football about and score a goal or build your own Hardwick out of our bricks.

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.