Explore Cliveden this half-term

Clivedens Water Garden

*This article was for May/June 2017 and is now over 

Half-term is a fantastic opportunity to get the whole family outdoors, come rain or shine, to reconnect with nature. Whether it's creating crafts, solving mysteries or relaxing with a picnic; there's lots of fun to be had away from the TV. 

Wild Week: flower power

Cliveden's hosting another 'Wild Week' this May/June half-term and this time the theme's flowers. The fun starts with a nature trail around the estate and ends with a small crafting station where creative kids will design a small flower craft to take home. 

Sessions run from Bank Holiday Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June, from 11am to 2.30pm. It's a drop-in so no need to book. It costs £2 per child (free for adults), plus usual admission charges to the estate. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Crack the case of a mysterious 'whodunnit'...

There's a grisly unsolved murder hanging over the glamorous estate and it's your job to find out who the culprit is. 

Unlock clues from hidden chests across the gardens to figure out which of the suspects is guilty. Can you solve the mystery before the killer strikes again? Tickets cost £5 per group. Take part everyday during half-term and every weekend.

Relax with a picnic

Queues can get very long in Cliveden's bustling catering outlets, and once our stocks of ice-cream and sandwiches go - that's it. So avoid dissapointment by filling your hamper with your favourite goodies from home, throw in a comfy blanket and enjoy al fresco dining at Cliveden. 

If you forget something ..don't panic! Cliveden's National Trust Gift Shop is the perfect place to pick up any picnic essential. From blankets to hats, suncream to strawberry jam - it really is the one-stop shop for picnictastic goodies.

Whilst you're here...

  1. 50 Spring 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. Cliveden's Giant Maze has over 500m of lush yew tree hedging. Don't be fooled by it's exterior, it's harder than it looks!
  4. 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.