Summer family adventures at Chartwell

Get your weekend off to a cracking start with a visit to Chartwell. See how much you can tick off your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 list. Have you rolled down a really big hill yet? Don't forget to explore the estate, play in the Marycot and explore the bomb crater.

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

Winston and other animals family trail

Follow our family trail around the garden and woodland. Can you spot some of the animals who lived at Chartwell? Trail is on Sat 1 July - Sun 3 Sep, 10am-4pm and costs £1, normal admission applies. Best suitable for children aged 5-10.

Roll down a really big hill at Chartwell

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

Hooray for summer! Grab your sunglasses and get outside to see how many items you can tick off your activity list today. Can you make the longest daisy chain?

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.

A family enjoying the swings at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Swinging in the trees

Head up the slopes opposite the house to discover six 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 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 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?

Visitors having a picnic on lawn at Chartwell Kent

Picnics at Chartwell

With stunning views and plenty of perfect spots to lay down a blanket, Chartwell's an ideal place to visit when the weather's good.

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.