Experience more adventures with your grandchildren

Family crossing a stream at Eastergate on Marsden Moor Estate, West Yorkshire

Do you want to discover more things to do with your grandchildren? Whether it’s a weekday visit, an after-school activity or a half-term treat, here are some ways to make the most of your time together.

Share secrets of the past

Did you hear the one about the Roman snails that invaded Chedworth 2,000 years ago? Amaze and baffle your grandkids with unexpected histories. At our Giant’s Causeway visitor centre, young explorers can uncover the legend of Finn McCool, the Irish giant said to have built the basalt columns to fight his Scottish nemesis. Or visit Bodiam Castle in East Sussex where a costumed character will entertain the little ones with stories from its gruesome past.

Children sword-fighting in the grounds of Wray Castle, Cumbria
 Children sword-fighting in the grounds of Wray Castle

Special places for little legs

Whether you’re by the coast or in the countryside, exploring on foot is one of the best ways to show your grandchildren the great outdoors. Lots of the places we look after offer easy walks that will satisfy both young and more seasoned adventurers, as well as accessible routes that are suitable for pushchairs. At Blickling Estate in Norfolk you can embark on a buggy-friendly trail through historic parkland, whilst at Baggy Point in Devon you’ll enjoy spectacular sea views and excellent wildlife spotting opportunities.

Born to be wild

Skimming stones, rock pooling and flying a kite are just a few ways to teach your grandkids about nature. Our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ guide is perfect for planning an adventurous day out, whatever the weather. Your little ones can try den-building at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire or play pooh sticks at Minnowburn in County Antrim. Get stuck into our 50 things and enjoy a wild adventure together.

Kite flying in the garden at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire
Kite flying in the garden at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

Food, glorious food

Feeling peckish? We’ve got cafés, restaurants and tea-rooms with food to tickle even the most discerning of taste buds. Tuck into a tasty lunch at Hinton Ampner in Hampshire – with pick and mix boxes for little appetites and hearty one-pot wonders for grown-ups. Or treat your grandchildren to a sweet something from one of four cafés at Attingham Park in Shropshire. Food isn’t the only thing on our menu at Belton House. Little ones will love exploring the adventure playground inside the café while you enjoy a well-earned cuppa.

Visitors enjoying ice cream at Blickling Estate, Norfolk
Visitors enjoying ice cream at Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Go wildlife spotting

Spring is an excellent time for wildlife watching. You’ll see new-born lambs, buzzing honey bees and carpets of bluebells at special places across the country. Inspire your budding farmers with a trip to Wallington, in Northumberland, where on certain days you can take a tractor ride to the lambing shed to help feed the new-borns. On Brownsea Island you’ll be greeted by peacocks parading on Church Field and black-headed gulls in full voice. Bring a pair of binoculars and watch your grandkids’ curiosity grow.

Pet lamb feeding at Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion
Pet lamb feeding at Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion

Tell tales

Follow in the footsteps of famous children’s authors at Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century house in Cumbria or Rudyard Kipling’s home, Bateman’s, in East Sussex. Experience the magic of Harry Potter at Lacock in Wiltshire – the beautifully-preserved abbey starred in the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s bestselling novels. Encourage their love of literature by visiting one of thirty special venues for World Book Day weekend. From 3-4 March 2018 avid readers can take part in a host of book-themed activities including dressing up as their favourite character at Lyme in Cheshire.

Get crafty

Roll up your sleeves this spring and get stuck into a range of craft activities for all the family. Aspiring artists can master a digital portrait at Beningbrough, paint a landscape at Allan Bank or swap the smartphone for quill and ink at Coleridge. Creative children can get imaginative at Ickworth with a host of spring-themed events. Make a snowdrop or Easter bunny ears with your grandchildren during the school holidays before venturing out on a real wildlife trail.

A family day out at Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire
A grandmother holding her granddaughter

Feeling inspired? For an adventure on your doorstep, search our days out guide for things to do in your area. Opening times may vary so don’t forget to check before you visit.