Inspire little explorers with junior membership

Girl amongst flowers in the garden at Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire

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.

Making sandcastles on the beach at Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire
Making sandcastles on the beach at Robin Hood's Bay
Making sandcastles on the beach at Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire

Play dress-up

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. 

Dressing up in the house at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire
Girl dressing up in the house at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire
Dressing up in the house at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

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. Who’ll be the first to see Nanny McPea, Benedict Cucumberpatch and Allium Titchmarsh?

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.  

Child with a beetroot picked from the Kitchen Garden at Ham House, London
Child with a beetroot at Ham House
Child with a beetroot picked from the Kitchen Garden at Ham House, London

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.

Bug hunting at Dunwich Heath and Beach, Suffolk
Boy on a bug hunt at Dunwich Heath and Beach Suffolk
Bug hunting at Dunwich Heath and Beach, Suffolk

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.