For families

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Summer fun

Have fun on our trail this summer at Nymans

Have fun on our trail this summer at Nymans

Sat 26 July – Sun 31 August 10.30am to 3.30pm

Great War Explorers trail

Find out about what the Messel family did during the war when you follow our trail around the garden and exhibition. You can also have a go at a traditional game like skipping and create your own poppy.  Our summer and flower spotter sheets are a fun way for younger children to explore the garden too.

  •  £1 per trail (normal admission applies)

Summer family theatre

Sunday 3 August
5pm (gates open at 4pm for picnics)

Come and be entertained by Alice and the wonderful characters she encounters while on her adventures in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Meet the Walrus and the Unicorn, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the Jabberwock, performed in our Pinetum by the Quantum Theatre Company.

We also have a performance of Romeo and Juliet by the Lord Chamberlains Men on Sunday 17 August.

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

50 things summer holiday challenge

Children making daisy chains to tick off one of their 50 things © NTPL/Megan Taylor

Are you up for a challenge?
See if you can complete 10 of the ‘50 things’ in just one day at Nymans this summer. Pick up an activity sheet with our 10 tasks from reception. Collect stickers and a special certificate for your scrapbook.

Fuchsia flower show and competition

How well is your fuchsia plant growing?

Did you plant a fuchsia seedling at Nymans this spring? Don't forget to bring it back on Saturday 6 September to be part of our flower show and competition. Judging will be at 2.30pm and all entries will receive a certificate and badge.

Check out our Facebook page to see how our fuchsia is getting on.

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 our 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.