Family fun at Barrington Court

Barrington Court children playing

Colonel Lyle and his wife Ronnie fell in love with Barrington court when they first saw it in 1915 and the creation of the garden from rough farmland in the 1920’s was a complete labour of love. With a passion for plants and advice from Gertrude Jekyll they made a garden that continues to inspire and delight today, filled with fun things for the whole family to do and enjoy together.

Things to do this autumn

There’s lots of safe beautiful space where you can play a game with friends and family, or stroll through the orchards and grounds. As the leaves start to turn this year, visitors are invited to come and see the bountiful orchards at Barrington Court. The branches will be drooping under the weight of a bumper harvest and apples will be available to take home from our shop for a small donation.

Family collecting apples at Barrington Court
Autumn family at Barrington Court
Family collecting apples at Barrington Court

Then may even be the opportunity to get active and play a game of tennis on our vintage court, (rackets and soft balls are available), wander in to the woods, or seek out the tree swing in the orchard for a bit of fun. Please check with the team when you arrive to see if these are available during your visit. 


Fun on the South Lawn

When you see the huge stretch of green grass that reaches out to the boundary of the ha ha you’ve found the south lawn, a great place with space for everyone to play or relax on.

You could spend the day, bring a book on the lawn surrounded by the sights and sounds of the changing seasons in the garden and countryside.


Bringing your wheels to Barrington

If you love riding your scooters, tricycles and bikes, the best place would be the Avenue. The garden paths and lawns are fragile and narrow in places and you can help us conserve them by keeping wheels away. If in doubt, please check with a member of staff where you can ride.

You could come back every day and do something different with your youngsters. It doesn't matter whether the sun shines, or the sky is full of clouds, it's always a lovely day out here.


'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

The orchard is a great place to do some of the ‘50’ things activities; like bird spotting, bug hunting, collecting fallen leaves or making a daisy chain. 

Family on a winter trail in the garden

Family activities for outdoor adventures 

We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure. Discover wildlife at the places in our care using our handy spotter guides or have a go at activities inspired by the colours and sounds of nature.

Visitors enjoying a picnic by the moat at Barrington Court

Picnicking at Barrington Court

Find your perfect spot and spend as much time as you like eating, relaxing and enjoying the sounds of summer all around you at Barrington Court. Please book ahead before visiting, and please be aware that only picnic rugs are permitted; we ask that you leave your portable picnic furniture at home.

Please book ahead before visiting 

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. The parkland, garden, takeaway kiosk and toilets have reopened. Please book your tickets by 3pm on the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday for the following week. The house, shop, restaurant, farm buildings and book barn remain closed until further notice.