Family fun at Blickling Estate

A little girl is busy watering flowers

Bring the whole family to explore the estate, follow trails and have a go at some of our 50 things to do before you're 11¾. With lots to do throughout the year and daily trails available, there will always be something fun to spark the imaginations of young and old alike.

The garden

During school holidays, collect a children's map from visitor reception and head out on an adventure around the colourful gardens.

Explore the gardens further by finding the secret tunnels, squishy trees, sundial and more. There's plenty of fun to be had, from a family game of croquet by the lake, to planting seeds in the walled kitchen garden. 

Discover the secret tunnels

Follow the winding paths to discover the animals of Blickling wood in the secret tunnels or see if you can find the secret garden. Have a go at our garden trail or play hide and seek between the yew hedges by the parterre. Whatever you choose, there's plenty to spark the imagination of pre-schoolers as well as older kids in the garden.

Wander in the woodlands

There are so many things to do around the estate and plenty of opportunities to tick off some of your '50 things'.  The woods are perfect for building a den or a stick ship. If you fancy getting out on your bike, why not bring a picnic and cycle around parts of the estate.  Our multi-use trail is specifically designed for families to enjoy, offering a safe route through the estate. Find out more about the multi-use trail.
 

Take a peek in the house

Come rain or shine, the house is open 363 days of the year, giving you even more opportunities to visit us. From May - October 2018 explore our exciting art installation. 'The Word Defiant!' reveals stories of books that have been banned, burned, drowned, superseded, redacted, neglected and those that remain defiant. 

If you're up for a challenge, at the end of your route around the house you will find some unusual book-themed activities. What will you discover?

The Word Drowned - books in a bath tub, Blickling
Books in a bath tub
The Word Drowned - books in a bath tub, Blickling

The wider estate

Take part in our family nature trail in the parkland any day of the week. This walk around the wider estate is ideal for older children as it encourages curious minds to solve riddles and complete the puzzle to reveal a mystery word. You can take part on foot or by bike, all you need to do is collect a trail sheet from visitor reception. 

A family walk towards the striking structure of the Mausoleum
A family walk to the Mausoleum
A family walk towards the striking structure of the Mausoleum
A family enjoying fresh sandwiches at one of the National Trust cafeés

Time for lunch 

Check out our kid friendly menu. With special lunch packs, hot meals and toasties as well as tasty treats, there's plenty to tempt your hungry explorers.

Good to know

  • Baby changing can be found at the main car park, near East Wing visitor reception and in the Farmyard.
  • Baby slings and hip seats are available for hire upon entry to the house.
  • Bottles and baby food can be warmed up in all three of our cafes.
  • High chairs, fun activities, cups and water jugs are available in The Stables cafe. 
  • If you fancy a picnic, you'll find picnic benches on the parade by the lake and in the orchard.
  • Pick up our children's map at Visitor Reception to help your adventurers find their way around.
  • There are plenty of buggy friendly paths around the garden and parkland, just grab a map at Visitor Reception.

Before you leave us...

Don't forget to visit our shop with a large selection of children's books, cards and gifts. We have everything from sticker books to children's audio books as well as confectionery and toys.  You can be sure to find a gift for someone or a memory for your children to take home from their day out at Blickling.
 
 
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