Things to do with the kids this Christmas at Emmetts Garden

Enjoy the fresh air with your family at Emmetts Garden this Christmas. Discover Christmas fun on our festive trail, write your letter to Father Christmas in the discovery cabin and explore the wild play area.

Family working on an activity trail sheet autumn

Christmas present family trail 

Bring the family along to Emmetts Garden this Christmas to celebrate the merry season with our previous owners, the Boise family. Wrap up warm to explore the gardens, searching for Christmas presents hidden under festively decorated trees. Make sure you look out for our giant Christmas pudding and don't forget to collect your prize at the end. Trail is on 1 Dec - 6 Jan (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), 10am-4pm and costs £1, normal admission applies. Suitable for ages 2-9.

A family enjoying the rain

Winter 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 at Emmetts Garden

Don't let the weather put you off having a wintry adventure. Pick up our equipment and go hunting for a geocache, build a wooden fortress in the woods or find the scariest beast you can find and hold it in your hand. What are you waiting for?

The discovery cabin, a childs play area, at Emmetts Garden - a National Trust property in Kent

Discovery cabin

Take shelter from the weather in our discovery cabin where fun and games are waiting for you. Let your artistic skills flow with our colouring sheets or have a go at one of our activity sheets.

A child plays dress up in the tepee at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Tepee play

What's that hiding among the trees? It's a tepee of course. Let your imagination run wild and try on the fancy dress clothes you'll find inside. The tepee is perfect for younger adventurers, though we won't blame the adults for wanting to join in the fun.

A family playing on the swings at a National Trust property


New to Emmetts Garden are the swings - made especially for those explorers with shorter legs. Find these just past the wild play area and see how high you can get. Don't forget to bring an adult along to do the pushing.

A girl enjoying den building at a National Trust property

Wild play area

Big explorers - get stuck into adventures in our wild play area, located past the old stables café. Can you walk across the balance beams without falling off? Why not challenge each other to see who can build the biggest den? Climb on the stepping logs and play in the camp - the fun is never ending. Little explorers are welcome to play too, though maybe bring an adult along to help with the fun.

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.

Children gaze at the lights of a Christmas tree

Getting ready for Christmas 

Experience unique Christmas celebrations at a place near you. Whether you love seeing houses and gardens all dressed up for the season or are looking for some festive food ideas, there's lots to choose from.