Fun for families at Compton Castle
This small fortified manor house is packed with fun things for families to do, from searching for squirrels, trying on medieval costumes and playing garden games. A visit is sure to keep your little-ones entertained. Please remember to supervise them at all times.
Spot the squirrels
See how many squirrels you can spot in and around the castle as part of the children's trail. The squirrel is significant to Compton Castle as it was the name of the ship Sir Humphrey Gilbert sailed to colonise Newfoundland in 1583 in the name of Queen Elizabeth I.
Try on medieval costumes
A group of Compton Castle's volunteers have been busy creating costumes for children to try on when they visit. As well as dressing up, kids can find out about how clothing showed what social class you belonged to, and the differences between men and women's outfits of the time.
Play games on the lawn
The smooth lawn in front of the castle is the perfect place for a game of croquet or quoits, a traditional game where you throw hoops and try to land them on the markers. There are also hobby horses and skittles to play with.
Tick off one of your 50 things to do before you're 11¾
- Make a wild crown
- Make friends with a bug
- Set up a snail race
- Go welly wandering
Picnic in the orchard
Whatever the time of year, a picnic in the orchard is a must-do on your visit. In the spring lunch under the blossom of the apple trees, in the summer soak up the sunshine and race around the trails mown into the long grass, and in the autumn look for apples ripening on the trees.