May half-term family escapes at Emmetts Garden

Childen enjoying den building at a National Trust property

Bring the family to Emmetts Garden for a colourful spring day out this May half-term. There's plenty to keep the kids busy, from our pony trail to the dressing up clothes in the tepee and swings in the wild play area. Pack a picnic, unload in the meadow and grab some giant games from our discovery cabin to make a full day of it.

May half-term Pony Trail

Sat 26 May - Sun 03 Jun, 10am-4pm. £1 per trail, normal admission applies.

Peggy the Pony's friends have escaped from the stables and we need your help to track them down.

Explore the garden and woodland to find all of Peggy's friends that have gone missing. Find out their favourite games and give them a go yourself - make sure to keep an eye out for Peggy along the way.

Some of the ponies will even dare you to complete some activities on your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 list. Don't have a 50 things handbook yet? Pick one up at our visitor centre to see how many items you can tick off.

Head back to the visitor centre once you've completed your quest to collect your prize.

Age suitability 3+. A majority of the trail is buggy friendly with just one trail point in the woodland down a steep slope.


Peak visiting times

Bank Holiday weekend will be busy here at Emmetts Garden, so our café and car park will be put under strain. If our car park gets full, we may have to close it temporarily.

To avoid the crowds why not visit at our quiet times of Tue-Fri in half-term. Picnics are also welcome in our meadow if you want to avoid the café queues.

If you can only visit on the Bank Holiday weekend, we recommend arriving before 11am or after 2.30pm when the property is quieter.

Make a day of it

Family facilities at Emmetts Garden

Baby changing facilities can be found at the entrance to the site, next to the visitor welcome centre as well as at the old stables café. Bottle warming facilities can also be found at the café. The meadow makes the perfect spot for a picnic; grab a table or bring a blanket. Please note that scooters are not suitable for the pathways at Emmetts Garden.