Autumn days out for families

With dormouse dens, balance beams and bomb craters it is not just the changing colours that make our woodland exciting this autumn. Why not see how many things you can tick off your 50 things before you're 11 3/4 list or just run around and kick up the leaves.

Pumpkin children's trail at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Petrifying pumpkin trail at Chartwell 

Creepy shadows are lurking around Chartwell this half-term - it must be time for Hallowe'en. Take on our pumpkin trail around the gardens and see how many petrifying pumpkins you can find. Trail is on from 20 Oct - 4 Nov, 10am-4pm and cost £1, normal admission applies. Suitable for ages 2-10 years with a buggy friendly route available.

50 things at Mr Straw's House

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 at Chartwell this autumn

Grab your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 scrapbook and get outdoors at Chartwell. How much can you tick off your list this autumn?

Child playing in the Donkey Jack Caravan at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Donkey Jack's Caravan at Chartwell

This year we're bringing you a brand new family play area, based on an untold Churchill story. Donkey Jack's Caravan has landed in the Old Quarry and is waiting to be explored. Try on some fancy dress and let your imagination run wild.

The marycot at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

The Marycot

The Marycot in the kitchen garden is a little brick house built by Winston Churchill himself for his two daughters Mary and Sarah. Everything is scaled down with a nearby notice announcing 'Children only' (though we won't blame the adults for joining in the fun). A great place to play and let your imagination run wild. Please note that the Marycot is closed Mon-Fri whilst we redecorate.

Chickens in the garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Chickenham Palace

Also in our kitchen garden is the famous(ish) Chickenham Palace. It's home to all kinds of bantam chickens, each with their unique colouring and feathering. Which one will be your favourite?

A child playing on a seesaw at a National Trust property

Seesaws

Make sure you bring a friend along with you to Chartwell so you can have a go on our new seesaws - made by our countryside team from wood from the estate. How high can you get? You can find the see saws in the old quarry.

A child playing on the swings at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Swings

Head up to the Old Quarry to discover our brand new swings just waiting to be played on. Each one is engraved with the names and nicknames of Winston Churchill's children. How high can you swing? Don't forget to bring an adult to do the pushing.

The bomb crater at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Bomb crater

During the second world war, bombs allegedly fell on the estate at Chartwell as the planes left London. The crater left behind by one of these bombs is just the place to have some family fun. Can you use the ropes to escape the crater? Only one way to find out.

A young girl plays in a hammock at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Canadian camp

Canadians camped out here in the woods at Chartwell during the Second World War. When there was an air raid they would cover up the lakes, so the German pilots would not recognise Chartwell from the air. Hold your own camp here, relax in the hammocks, 'cook' up a storm and plot your 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.