For families

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Childhood family play trail

Mon 1 June to Mon 31 August
10:30am - 3:30pm

We've been inspired by our current exhibition about the Messel family childhood to create a play themed trail.

Enjoy the gardens just like the family used to. Have a game of skittles or dominoes. We've also got skipping ropes, tee-pees, dressing up clothes and lots more for you to play with.

Don't forget to collect your certificate when you have completed the trail.

£1 per trail
(normal admission applies)

Fuchsia flower show and competition

Did you plant a fuchsia seedling at Nymans this spring?

Don't forget to bring it back to be part of our flower show and competition on Saturday 5 September

Judging will be at 2.30pm and all entries will receive a certificate and sticker. We will have the following competition categories:
   - best plant
   - best decorated pot
   - most unusual plant container

You can bring your plant back to Nymans between Tues 1 Sept and 12.30pm on Sat 5 Sept.

Children's Woodland Workshops

Sun 6 Sept - Outdoor Artists

Sat 3 Oct - Whittle ‘n Carve

Mon 26 Oct - Outdoor Artists

Wed 28 Oct - Sensory Superpowers

Fri 30 Oct - Fire & Shelter

Join our Ranger for the day, 10am-3pm to explore our Woods like never before.

This action-packed adventure series is full of games and activities that will put all your senses to the test.

Suitable for children 8 years and over.
£20 per child. (£25 Fri 30 Oct)

Bookings essential on 01444 405250.

Family-friendly checklist

  • Children under 5 are free
  • Single and multiple adult family memberships available
  • Baby changing facilities available
  • Gravel and grass paths throughout the garden
  • Half portions and lunch boxes in café
  • High-chairs available in cafe
  • Picnics welcome in the garden (picnic tables also in carpark)
  • Borrow a blanket or umbrella
  • Shelter spots throughout the garden
  • Free childrens' map and activities
  • Pocket-money gifts in our shop
  • Designated outdoor natural play areas (unfenced)

50 Things

’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.

Try these when you visit this summer

4. Build a den
24. Go on a walk barefoot
25. Make a grass trumpet
31. Hunt for bugs
44. Go bird watching

Start checking off your 50 things at Nymans

Just for the kids

Keep the kids entertained with our:

  • Spotter & activity sheets
  • Trail in the House
  • Borrow a magnifying glass
  • Geocaching in woods & garden
  • Borrow some binoculars
  • Den building area
  • Sculptures in the woods
  • Natural play - bamboo jungle, balance beams, roundhouse and a secret path

Family membership

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

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.

I'm hungry

 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

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.