Inspire little explorers with junior membership
Whether you’re a parent, relative, carer or friend, junior membership is your ticket to exciting days out with children. From hunting for fossils to dressing up as a warrior, here’s our pick of big adventures for small explorers.
Discover the seaside
Go wild with the kids at your favourite beach this year. Try fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast - if your mini explorers are lucky they could find a shark’s tooth or a sea urchin that’s millions of years old. Feel rejuvenated on a barefoot walk at Brancaster or jump over breaking waves at Kynance. With junior membership our 775 miles of coastline are all yours to explore.
Make time travel possible for young historians. At Castle Ward in County Down children can imagine what life was like 150 years ago as they step into the shoes (and clothes) of a Victorian boy or girl and play old-fashioned games. Brave youngsters can turn themselves into Anglo-Saxon warriors at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk before trying their hand at archaeloogy and den building.
Hide and seek
Encourage kids to earn their explorer stripes by navigating a meandering maze. Try the winding labyrinth at Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall – it’s made from cherry laurel bushes and has seen 175 years of family fun. Race the little ones to find the hidden flowerpot people dotted around Mottistone Gardens on the Isle of Wight, or help them build their own hideout in the Lion's Den at Erddig in Wales.
" We love going den-building at Erddig in Wrexham with our nana and taid. It’s so much fun that we now have our own memberships so we can go anytime."
Grow some grub
Show inquisitive youngsters where the food on their plate comes from at our interactive kitchen gardens. Taste freshly picked apples at Beningborough, watch honey bees hard at work at Attingham Park or eat vegetables straight from the ground at Ham House’s Family Picking Garden. They might even discover a new favourite! Stop by the garden centre at Mordern Hall Park and pick up your own seeds to take home.
Dodge the rain
From splashing in puddles to indoor adventures, there’s lots of fun to be had with children on a wet day. Squish in the mud at Clumber Park, watch the thundering waterfall at Aberdulais or set up a snail race at Prior Park. Take shelter in the Young Engineers Zone at Cragside in Northumberland. Curious young minds will have the chance to play with magnetic marbles and complex cogs and uncover their inner inventor.
Look for creepy crawlies
Kids will be amazed by the wildlife that lives in their local pond, park or field. Find some frogspawn at Ashridge Estate or pick up a bug hunting kit at Rufford Old Hall in Lancashire. Can they spot a hairy caterpillar? What about a sparkly dragonfly? Find more minibeast activities on our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾ - your little ones will be wildlife experts in no time.
Junior members will receive their very own membership card and starter pack, and have the chance to explore 500 amazing places with any responsible adult. Remember to check the property you're visiting for information on activities and opening times.