Things to do at Arlington with the family

A day spent at Arlington is a day full of family fun, there's always something to keep you occupied from outdoor fun to crafting events, dressing up to quizzes and trails and don't forget the outdoor play areas as well as the many beautiful walks. It doesn't have to be school holidays to come and have fun at Arlington.

Events throughout the year

During school holidays you will find plenty to do. There'll be drop-in family crafting with a different craft each session such as hand puppet decorating, bunting, mobiles and fridge magnets - all you need is your imagination. On ranger days, find out what the rangers do, learn new skills and experience some outdoor fun - build a den, make some pizza or hunt for bugs. Family garden fun - join a gardener, create something special to take home and find out about the garden at Arlington. Events will vary, check our What's on page to see exactly what events are on when.

What's in the house?

Step back in time in the dressing-up room (upstairs) and have a play with Victorian style toys or put on your own performance of Punch and Judy or why not dress up as a Victorian, adults can join in too. For the littlies - see if you can spot the animals of Arlington in the collections around the house. For the older ones pick up the Ermenia trail compass, spin to match the pictures to the information and locate the artefacts.

Hands-on in the Carriage Museum

There's plenty to keep younger visitors occupied with the wooden play carriage - great for picture moments, hobby horses for trotting around the courtyard, quiz trails, handling table, seats to bounce on, dressing up, carriage colouring in sheets or you can have-a-go at harnessing dandy. There's also a new Victorian mouse trail, see if you can spot them around the museum.

Don't forget to check out the bat cam room

In the cellars you have a look at the bats roosting in the roof with the batcam. Ever wondered what sounds bats make, if you spin the sound wheel you can listen to the different noises then before you move take a look at the servants area and have a go at dressing up as one of the house characters.

Out and about

With over 20 miles of walkways through woodlands, past play areas and den building sites, and along streams, there's plenty of fun to be had outdoors. Look carefully and you might even spot a deer. Did you know there is a heronry - can you spot the heronry from the bird hide? Binoculars are available to use - don't forget to note down the birds you see in the book.

Family play trail

A family friendly walk with lots of activities and adventures to have along the way, from building a den, defending the fort in the monkey puzzle mania to spotting the peacocks and exploring the wilderness - there's plenty to keep you occupied.

Follow our play trail (PDF / 2.705078125MB)

Top 5 things to experience:

  • Ranger days - a day of fun outdoors with the rangers

  • House activities - dressing up and trails 

  • Outdoor play areas - mud slide, stepping logs, rope bridges and fort

  • Carriage Museum activities - harnessing dandy, quizzes and test the bounce

  • Picnic on the lawn - lay down your rug and unpack your picnic or treat yourself to something nice from the tea-room; nothing says holiday like a picnic outdoors - weather permitting!