For families

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Father Christmas

Visit Father Christmas in his grotto

Visit Father Christmas in his grotto

Father Christmas will be in his grotto at Nymans on
Sat 6 and Sun 7, Sat 13 and Sun 14 December

Follow the footsteps that Father Christmas has left through the garden to find him in his cosy grotto. He will be waiting by his log fire to hear the children's wishes and to hand out their presents.

£5 per person to visit Father Christmas (normal admission).
Bookings recommended – call our booking line from 1st Dec on 01444 405250

Christmas trail

Mon 1 Dec to Tues 6 Jan
10.30am to 3.30pm

The Messel family who lived at Nymans enjoyed the theatre, costumes and dressing up. We have found some of their old pictures showing children dressed up as Father Christmas.

Do you think you can find any of these images when you come and explore our garden?  We have hidden 100 of them and also 7 props they may have used. See how many you spot while out exploring.

£1 per trail (normal admission applies)

50 things to do before you're 11¾

’50 Things’ 

Visit us and collect your free activity scrapbook and tick off some of the 50 Things you’ve done in the great outdoors. Discover crazy creatures and have fantastic adventures.

Start checking off your 50 things at Nymans

Autumn adventures

Children with autumn leaves

Nymans in the autumn is the perfect place to collect leaves and acorns.

How many coloured leaves could you find? Acorns are what we like to use to create pictures in the grass.

If you feel more adventurous then our woodland geocaching and explorer trail will offer hours of fun.

Just for the kids

Keep the kids entertained with our:

  • Spotter & activity sheets
  • Trail in the House & 'Find Foxy'
  • Geocaching in woods & garden
  • Natural play - bamboo jungle, balance beams, roundhouse, den building and a secret path

I'm hungry

Let our chef make you lunch ©

We have half-size portions of our meals and kids' lunch boxes available in our café. You can get ice-creams and snacks from the tea garden kiosk. Picnics are allowed in the garden.

Pocket money

Keep the little ones happy with our range of pocket money toys © NT

Check out our childrens range in the shop including books and pocket money toys. There's also inspiration for young gardeners in our plant centre.


Family membership

Find fun family adventures for free at lots of local National Trust places  © NT

With family membership you can enjoy great adventures at many National Trust places and free car parking at countryside sites. Both 1 and 2 adult family memberships available, just ask at reception.

Family-friendly checklist

  • Children under 5 are free
  • Baby changing facilities available
  • Gravel and grass paths in the garden
  • Half portions and lunch boxes in café
  • Picnics welcome
  • Borrow a blanket, umbrella, books and binoculars
  • Free childrens' map and activities
  • Shelter spots throughout the garden

Family maps and trails

Find your way with our fun activity map

Have a peek at our family explorer map to find the best places to have your adventures or follow a walk in the woods. If you’re coming on a 50 things adventure then don't forget to take a look at our 50 things map.