Fun for families at Compton Castle

A view of the Knot Garden at Compton Castle, Devon

This small fortified manor house is packed with fun things for families to do, from searching for squirrels, trying on medieval costumes and joining us for Tudor Days. 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. Older children can find out all about the history of Compton with a history trail.

 

Try on medieval costumes

A group of Compton Castle's volunteers have been busy creating authentic costumes for children to try on when they visit. Find out about how clothing showed what social class you belonged to, and the differences between men and women's outfits of the time.

 

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. 

 

Make a daisy chain
Girl and boy laying on grass making a daisy chain

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

 

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. 

 

Tudor Days

Thursdays from 27 July – 31 August, 10.30am-4pm.
At the Tudor days you can step back in time and experience castle life of old. On every Tudor Day you can:

  • Meet the Tudor costume interpreters. 

  • Have a go at Tudor indoor and outdoor games, including hobby horse races. 

  • Find out about Tudor kitchen herbs.

  • Dress up in Tudor costume: be a knight or a lady of the castle. 

  • Have a go at the children's embroidery and weaving activity. 

  • Complete the Tudor nursery rhyme outdoor trail. 

As well as the usual Tudor Days activities, there will be some additional things to do on selected days, such as meeting birds of prey from the Devon Birds of Prey Centre. 

Tudor Days are free to join; normal amission prices apply.