Explore Cliveden this half-term

How good do you feel when you try new things?

Get the whole family outdoors and closer to nature this school holiday. Whether it's creating crafts, getting lost in the maze or simply reconnecting with nature through the National Trust's '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾'; there's lots of fun to be had come rain or shine. Cliveden is opening everyday from 10am to 4pm.

Cliveden’s February half-term tree trail

From Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 February (10.30am to 2.30pm), bring the children along for Cliveden’s fun half-term trail. Cliveden estate is home to many interesting and sometimes ancient trees, making the outdoor the perfect classroom for little ones to learn in. They’ll take on the role of a nature detective and explore Cliveden’s gardens and woodlands, finishing up with a tree-themed craft to take home. Trails cost £2 per child plus usual admission prices to the estate (admission is free for National Trust members). The trail is recommended for ages 4-11 and dog-friendly.

Cliveden's Giant Maze

Our maze is based on one that was built for the 1st Viscount Astor in 1894 and has over 500 metres of paths winding amongst two-metre high hedges. The maze covers approximately one third of an acre, making the maze the same size as the world-famous Hampton Court maze.

We started work recreating the giant puzzle in 2009 and it was officially opened on Friday 8 April 2011 by renowned gardener, broadcaster and writer Alan Titchmarsh. The maze’s beautiful hand-forged wrought iron gates were created by Chris Collman from Burnham who is known locally as The Wrought Iron Man. The gates have a strong Victorian influence and commemorate both Lord Astor’s original maze and our recreation.

Cliveden Maze
The maze at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire
Cliveden Maze

Whilst you're here...

  1. 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ - Pick up a booklet from the Information Centre and have fun completeing the National Trust's 50 suggestions to get children close to nature.
  2. The Doll's House Café - Enclosed in the 'Storybook Play Den', this little pit-stop is the perfect place to pick up a quick coffee and a snack.  
  3. The Woodlands offers you and the children a chance to really stretch your legs. Within the acres of foliage you'll find the Natural Play Trail, where little one's can challenege themselves by building, balancing and climbing.