Family fun at Belton this summer

Children in the maze at Belton House, Lincolnshire

Set free your wild side with our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activities. Explore the outdoors, learn new skills and try something different this summer. Join in our weekly led activities or pick up a #50things scrapbook and ranger pack from Belton’s Discovery Centre to start your own adventure.

Family fun
Boys playing with toy insect gliders
Family fun

Here are some great ways to explore Belton with your family this summer:

Play day

Wednesday 1 August, 9.30am-4.30pm.
Where better to celebrate the national day of Play than at Lincolnshire's biggest outdoor adventure playground? There'll be with lots of fun and games too!

What’s in the pond?

Every Wednesday, from 1-29 August, 11am-4pm.
Track what’s living in Belton’s Mirror Pond. Borrow a pond dipping kit to take a closer look, and tick no.35 off of your #50things checklist.

Discover what's in a pond
A child with a tadpole in a container of water and a fishing net, at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire
Discover what's in a pond


Family house tour

Every Thursday, from 2-30 August, 11am-12noon.
Discover the untold stories of Belton House with this interactive tour. It’s been specially designed for families with children aged 5 years and over in mind. Spaces are limited, so pre-booking online is essential.

Book your places on the family house tour today
A mother and child admiring the Dining Room at Belton
Book your places on the family house tour today


Talking pictures: War and Pieces edition

Every Friday, from 27 July-31 August, 11am, 11.30am and 12noon.
Discover the stories behind the War and Pieces exhibition at Belton this summer in this interactive, 20 minute workshop. Suitable for visitors aged 6 years and older. Spaces are limited, so pre-booking online is essential.

War and Pieces by Bouke de Vries
Contemporary ceramic art exhibition by Dutch artist, Bouke de Vries
War and Pieces by Bouke de Vries


Friday #50things challenge

Every Friday, from 27 July-31 August,11am-4pm.
Join the play team in Belton's outdoor adventure playground as they challenge families to complete a different #50things activity every Friday during the school holidays.

Make a daisy chain into your very own wild crown
50 things girl making daisy chain
Make a daisy chain into your very own wild crown


Paint the garden 

The first Sunday of each month, 11am-4pm.
Take inspiration from the formal gardens at Belton to create your own work of art. Recreate the beauty of Belton's gardens in paint, pencil or crayon. All materials supplied. 

#50things scrapbook

Share the magic of nature with the kids and pick up a #50things scrapbook on your next visit to Belton. Help them tick off some awesome activities when you visit and carry on the adventure when you get home too.

Get to know a tree
Children climbing a tree in the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire.
Get to know a tree

Summer fun in the Discovery Centre 

Weekdays, 11am-4.30pm and weekends 12.30pm-4.30pm.
Open every day of the school holidays, with changing crafts and activities every Monday. Explore more about conservation and the history of Belton House. Children’s University Passports can also be stamped here.

Craft activities in the Discovery Centre
Child reaching for colouring pens
Craft activities in the Discovery Centre

Go on an Art Adventure

Pick up a scrapbook and go on an Art Adventure around Belton House to gain your Discover Arts Award and receive a certificate. Arts Award Discover is an introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25. It’s a fun way to find out about Belton House and some of the people who lived here.
£4 per scrapbook.

Ranger packs

Explore Belton with a Ranger Pack this summer. Borrow a pack from the Discovery Centre and simply return it at the end of your visit. Each pack comes with all the equipment that you need and shows the best places to take part in ranger activities. There are four ranger activities to choose from:

  • Create: be an artist
  • Explore: be a tree detective
  • Discover: be a twitcher
  • Discover: be a bug hunter
What critters will you encounter?
Bug hunting
What critters will you encounter?

All aboard

Attention all passengers, collect a choo-choo loyalty card from Belton’s miniature train station to receive your tenth journey free.

All aboard
Girls waving on a minature train
All aboard


What’s more, when you enjoy a summer adventure at Belton House your support helps us look after this special place for ever, for everyone.

Don’t forget to share your adventures with us on Belton’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.