May half-term family fun at Chartwell

With over 80 acres to explore, Chartwell makes the perfect spot to get out and burn off some energy this spring. Put on your explorer hat and investigate the gardens on our May half-term chicken trail; who can find the frizzle chicken first? Make sure you head up into our woodland where we have wild play areas galore, including swings, balance beams and our new Donkey Jack Caravan.

The Chartwell chicken trail

Sat 26 May - Sun 3 Jun, 10am-4pm. £1, normal admission applies

All the chickens have escaped from Chartwell's Chickenham Palace - can you help us round them up again?

Grab a map and get out exploring to find all the varieties of chicken that have gone wandering - including the frizzle, blue pekin and golden silkie chickens. Keep a keen eye out for the different coloured boxes that will hide our feathered friends around the gardens.

Learn all about the different types of chicken we look after and then head over to Chickenham Palace in the Kitchen Garden to spot them pecking around.

Don't forget to pick up your mystery prize at the end!

Maps can be picked up from the little black shed next to the Visitor Welcome Centre. Payment by cash will be taken in the shed; if paying by card please pay in the Visitor Welcome Centre.

Suitable for ages 3+

Find Chickenham Palace in the kitchen garden at Chartwell
Chickens in the garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent
Find Chickenham Palace in the kitchen garden at Chartwell

Peak times this May half-term

We're expecting a busy Bank Holiday weekend this 26-28 May. It's likely we'll have to close the car park when we reach full capacity, and tickets for the house will sell quickly.

We recommend avoiding the Bank Holiday weekend if you can for a calmer experience, and bring a picnic to avoid the café queues.

We'll be quietest Tue-Fri in half-term.If you can only visit on the Bank Holiday weekend then consider arriving before 11.30am to guarantee both your car park and your house entry.

Continue your family adventure

Family facilities at Chartwell

Baby changing facilities can be found by the visitor welcome centre, the toilets behind the shop and the toilets just beyond the croquet lawn in the garden. The café has a yummy children's menu, bottle warming and high chairs. Want to find a more secluded spot to breast feed? Just ask a member of staff. There's a picnic area with tables adjacent to the overflow car park and you're welcome to bring a blanket and picnic on the slopes by the lakes. Please note scooters and trikes are not suitable at Chartwell.