Summer family adventures at Chartwell

With our hammocks in the Canadian camp, the balancing beams, swings, seesaws and dormouse dens, 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? Please follow our new one-way system around the garden including the new exit route and keep 2 metres apart.

A family exploring the garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Chartwell's wildlife checklist

Download and print one of our one-of-a-kind Chartwell spotter sheets and check off wildlife you'll find at Chartwell from the list. From Jock VII to butterflies and swans, you're certain to spot the nature and wildlife that make Chartwell so special.

child taking a photo

Chartwell photo challenge

Each week grab your camera or your phone and try our weekly Chartwell challenge. Every Monday on our social media we announce the theme for the week and we invite you to send in any pictures of Chartwell. As you wander the grounds and gardens you'll find some great tips about where to get the greatest views and angles.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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 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.

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?

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.

A family enjoying a day out at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

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.

Busy Days at Chartwell