Our places have acres of space with activities laid on for your little ones, plus family-friendly eating places and facilities for when you need a quick pit stop.

Give the family an unforgettable Christmas

The Great Hall at Speke is magical at Christmas

The Great Hall at Speke is magical at Christmas

The places we care for have lots of family friendly events going on this Christmas. There are craft workshops, a chance to meet Santa or you can simply come and enjoy our festive decorations.

Visit Santa

Father Christmas will be setting up his grotto at places we look after this Christmas. There’ll be the chance to tell him your Christmas wishes and listen to festive stories, as well as enjoy mince pies and family-friendly Christmas trails.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

It's great to get outdoors in the winter, but sometimes its hard to know where to start. Try No.45 of our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ challenges and find your way with a map and compass and get children (and adults) outdoors and closer to nature.

Winter fun

Winter may be here but there are no excuses not to get out and about. Go on a wilderness walk through the woods, follow clues around the castle on a trail, or run wild in one of our playgrounds.

Fairy-tale castles

Fire the imagination of your little ones and let them see what a real castle looks like. We've castles with battlements, moats and dungeons for children to hold pretend battles and slay dragons.


As we climbed, the clouds darkened and rumbles of thunder echoed across the valley. At the top we told tales of Avalon; when you're six years old and your name is Arthur, legends of ancient kings are about the most exciting stories in the world.

Mel G, visitor


Ideas for family days out

  • Rainy days

    Don't let rainy days stop you having a fun-filled day out.

  • Get sporty

    Twelve of our properties have gone sport mad this year. Find your sporty family day out.

  • History for kids

    Bring history to life at Chedworth Roman Villa or see the Industrial Revolution in action.