Family explorers: We're going on a bug hunt!

Challenge - this month tick off all three bug-related 50 Things activities!

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Will you dare to peek under a log? Are you brave enough to hold a scary beast? Can you set up your very own snail race? Pick up our creepy-crawly guide for tips and pictures of things you might find.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges


National Trust Stowe
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £12.40 £11.20
Child £6.20 £5.60
Family £31.00 £28.00
1 adult, 3 children £18.60 £16.90
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £9.60
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.25
Joint NT Stowe and House
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £17.70
Stowe House
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £6.50
National Trust member N/A £4.95

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

Stowe House is opened by Stowe House Preservation Trust. For more information call +44 (0)1280 818166. Admission charges apply to National Trust members, payable at National Trust reception. 

Child tickets: under 17s, under 5s go free.

HHA members and Stowe House annual pass members: free.

Purchasing a ticket entitles the holder to free entry to Stowe House for one year. 

The basics

Made for the brave children and their families
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Pick up your creepy-crawly guide from The New Inn at Stowe before heading into the gardens. You can pick up a 50 Things scrapbook here too and don't forget to come back to claim your stickers!
What to bring and wear
Be sure to wear comfy shoes for walking so you can do plenty of exploring. If you've got a magnifying glass or bug pot bring that along.
The gardens are partly accessible with steep slopes and uneven terrain. Mobility buggies are available to hire. Please call us to discuss your requirements on 01280 817156.
Share pictures of your finds on Twitter @NTStowe, Facebook National Trust Stowe and Instagram NT_Stowe.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
29 May 2017 10:00 - 17:00 Available
30 May 2017 10:00 - 17:00 Available
31 May 2017 10:00 - 17:00 Available

Contact Info

National Trust at Stowe
Call 01280 817 156

Upcoming events

Family explorers: We're going on a bug hunt!

Mon 29 May 2017
Challenge - this month tick off all three bug-related 50 Things activities!

Demons land: a poem come true

Mon 29 May 2017
A multi-media installation in which a great poem - Edmund Spenser's 'Faerie Queene' - is brought eerily to life. Its film, soundscapes, paintings and sculptures offer a dark allegory of colonialism, past and present, exploring art's complicity in...

Wild Wednesday: We're going on a bug hunt!

Wed 31 May 2017
Uncover Stowe's hidden world of creepy-crawlies. Borrow a magnifying glass to spy under logs and see what you can spot.

Toddler Tuesday: Blooms and bees

Tue 06 Jun 2017
Drop by the cafe for fun toddler activities and meet other families in our local community.

Man's Best Friend Monthly Dog Walk

Wed 21 Jun 2017
Join the dogs of Stowe on a paw patrol with a different theme and leader each month.