Fun for families at Stowe

A family walking along the Temple of Concord and Victory in winter.
Crisp winter walks in the garden at Stowe by the Temple of Concord and Victory (C)National Trust Images 169597

Get the kids outdoors with acres of space to play and stretch their legs. Adventures await your family with so much to discover whatever their age: from the temples, lakes, wildlife and fun activities. We want you to play and have fun – leave your worries at the garden gate, forget you’re a grown up and join your children in a dream world of monumentally sized gardens and we guarantee a fun day out and a good night of sleep.

Winter walks

Wrap up warm and enter a winter wonderland to explore with magical mist drifting across the lakes, ice glittering on the trees and temples frozen in time. Autumn has been lasting longer and there’s still plenty of leaves to crunch. You can grab a leaf spotter sheet from our visitor centre or download it here before you come to get your children closer to nature.

Goodies, baddies and heroes

Lord Cobham, who created and once owned Stowe, was a very rich and powerful man who loved ancient Greek and Roman myths of heroes and monsters. So he created three paths in the gardens to tell stories of love, princesses, adventures of heroes, myths, monsters and baddies. Which path will you choose? 

The goodies, baddies and heroes map with trails around the gardens for children.
Which path will you choose on your adventure?

Download our goodies, baddies and heroes trail

Enjoy splashing in puddles this season
Puddle jumping and running in the rain John Millar

50 Things at Stowe - Winter favourites

There are 32 of the things to see and do at Stowe to kick start your adventure. You can pick up the pace, running in acres of space or take your chances swinging from the branches of our trees.

  • No.1 Track wild animals – the muddy ground is perfect for spotting otter, deer, fox and badger tracks

  • No.2 Go bird watching – spot Swans, Robins, Lapwings, Mallard ducks, Greylag geese, Blue tits sweeping across the lakes

  • No.3 Play in the snow – go traditional and build a snowman using the stones and sticks you find around you, make snow angels and have snowball fights whilst you dodge between the temples and trees

  • No.4 Run around in the rain – wellies at the ready when muddy puddles appear

  • No.5 Hunt for bugs – a whole universe is waiting for discovery hidden amongst the garden growth, lift a log or stone and find lots of creepy crawlies

Pick up a free 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ scrapbook from New Inn and start your adventure today. It’s full of hints and tips for success.

Toddler Tuesdays

On the first Tuesday of the month, drop by the cafe for toddler fun with activities supported by Buckingham & Steeple Claydon Children's Centre. Every month there's a new theme based on the seasons to keep your little ones entertained. Find out what themes are coming up soon.

Hungry tummies

Our café, with indoor and outdoor seating, is the perfect pit stop for hungry families. Enjoy healthy, fresh meals, child’s portions, pick and mix children’s lunch boxes and tasty treats. Or picnic in the gardens or temples - just pick a spot. Find out more about the café.

Happy families

  • Relaxed environment

  • Bottle-warming facilities

  • Baby-changing facilities

  • Activity sheets throughout the seasons

  • Breast-feeding welcome   

  • High chairs

  • Events throughout the year