Fun for families at Compton Castle

Children playing a traditional game of quoits

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.

Garden games are ready to play at Compton Castle
A girl playing skittles in the garden at Compton Castle
Garden games are ready to play at Compton Castle

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

Our list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾  will set you on your own adventure. At Compton you can:
 
  • Make a daisy chain
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Set up a snail race
  • Run around in the rain

 

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.

Apples ripening in the orchard
Apples on a tree in autumn
Apples ripening in the orchard