Things to see & do
What will you do on your visit?
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School holidays - when you arrive
At reception pick up
- the family welcome leaflet
- a 1930s House Party game basket
- free '50 things' activity book
and ask about geocaching.
School holidays - house and exhibition
- Play games in the inglenook
- Dress up in the Maid's Room
- Follow the treasure box trails
- Spot the shells
- Dress up and draw on the exhibition balcony.
School holidays - in the gardens
- Find the games basket near the Sunken Lawn
- Do some of your '50 things'
- Spot wildlife
- Try geocaching.
School holidays - Shop and Plant Centre
- Play open-air chess
- Check out the shop for ice cream, toys and games.
School holidays - in the restaurant
- Find the chalk board and colouring sheets
- Eat yummy children’s meals while the grown ups take a breather.
School holidays - every thursday
- In the Old Kitchen, 1-4pm, '50 things' adventures drop in sessions.
- Dive into the world of mini beasts, making your very own bug hotel for your garden,
- Plant your own herb pot to take home
- Create your own natural art work.
And don't forget the Millionaire's House Party event on 2 and 3 August; music dancing and more
Viscount Bearsted's father founded the Shell oil company.
Shell encouraged contemporary artists in the 1930s to design its advertising materials. The exhibition features original artwork, some unpublished as in this example, and tells you more about Viscount Bearsted, the man, his fortune and his generosity.