Spring family fun at Chartwell

Keep the kids busy this spring with a visit to Chartwell. There's so much more to see than the house, with 80 acres of grounds to explore and plenty of fun and games to discover.

Children playing in the gardens at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Churchill family nature trail at Chartwell

Get the kids outdoors this May half-term by bringing them along to Chartwell for our fun filled trail. Explore the gardens and woodlands as you discover how the Churchill children once played here. Trail is on from 27 May - 4 June, 10am-4pm. £1 per trail, normal admission applies.

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

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 spring?

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.

Swings in the grounds 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.

Seesaws at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

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.

The Canadian camp 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 enjoying the wild play area at Chartwell

Balance beams

Follow the upper path through the woods and you'll come across our balance beams. Can you walk across them all the way without falling off?

The dormouse dens at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Dormouse dens

Head further in the woods and you'll come across our dormouse dens. Help us make these cosy homes by layering and weaving sticks and branches around the outside and don't forget to pad them out with leaves. Can you pretend to be a dormouse?

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.

Family facilities at Chartwell

Baby changing facilities can be found by the visitor welcome centre and the toilets are behind the shop. There are no toilets in the grounds, so make sure you use them before you go on your family adventure. 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.