Summer family adventures at Chartwell

With our hammocks in the Canadian camp, the balancing beams, swings, seesaws and the treehouse, there's so much to see and do! Why not see how many of the 50 things To Do before you're 11 3/4 you can complete in one day?

A butterfly in the gardens at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Treasures trail at Chartwell 2021

Join us this summer at Chartwell for a new family adventure! Explore different treasures and hidden secrets waiting to be found all around Chartwell with some extra activities to finish at home as well.

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

Chickenham Palace

In our Walled 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?

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.

The treehouse at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

The Chartwell treehouse

Be captivated by history and adventure in the treehouse at Chartwell. Climb up the two-storey structure to take in the lofty views before sliding back down to earth. As you play you'll learn the wonderful stories of the Churchill family, who enjoyed their own treehouse here over 90 years ago.

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


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.

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.

The marycot at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

The Marycot 

The Marycot in the walled garden is a little brick house built by Winston Churchill himself for his daughter Mary. 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.

A child playing on a seesaw at a National Trust property


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 family playing on the balance beams at a National Trust property

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?

There's family fun this winter at Killerton.

Family facilities at Chartwell

Baby changing facilities can be found by the visitor welcome centre, the toilets behind the shop and also just beyond the croquet lawn in the garden. 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.

Roll down a really big hill at Chartwell

50 things to do at Chartwell this summer

Get outside this summer and get back to nature. Out in the Chartwell gardens we've left some tips written on slate all about how you can make the most of the outdoors and complete some of the 50 things to do before you're 11​¾.