As Greenway is the holiday home of Queen of Crime Agatha Christie, we like to celebrate this place's literary history. The Gazebo in the Walled Garden is a lovely place to read and relax. There are a couple of baskets with books in for families to read, and dotted around the garden you'll find reading nooks hidden away in sheltered spots, with cushions to site on and a basket of books to read. From Visitor Reception you can pick up a jotter and a writing tips leaflet, and in the house the cabinet of curiosities in the Winter Dining Room is all about writing inspiration.
50 things fun
At Greenway there are lots of 50 things to do before you're 11¾ that you can tick off your list. Early summer is a good time to do these 50 things:
16. Make a daisy chain
The lawns by the house and in the Walled Garden are great places to look for daisies.
12. Make a trail with sticks
You're sure to find a stick or two if you take a walk through the woodland garden. Why not lay a trail to help you find your way back?
2. Roll down a really big hill
If you head to the Top Garden you'll see a lovely grassy hill to roll down.
Fancy a game of soft ball tennis or croquet? You'll find the tennis court and the croquet lawn ready and waiting for you.
There are free trails for kids to do in the house and garden. In the house you can choose between the animal trail, perfect for younger kids, and the Agatha Christie packing trail. The animal trail involves spotting animal figures and ornaments around the house, and the more challenging Agatha Christie packing trail is a great way for children to investigate Greenway's collection as they help Agatha Christie and her husband Max Mallowan pack to go on an archaeological dig.
In the garden over the summer holiday there is a choice of two trails. The nature detective trail is a lovely way to encourage children to explore Greenway garden, searching for different things from nature such as flowers with more than five petals, and includes activities such as bark rubbing.
The cabinet of curiosities trail challenges kids to find small cabinets of curiosities hidden in the garden, and complete a treasure hunt to find different curios displayed in them.
The house trails are available to collect at the entrance to the house, and the garden trail is in visitor reception.
The Boathouse and Battery
From the Boathouse you could count the boats on the river, which is always bustling with activity; trawlers, river cruises, a paddle steamer and kayakers can regularly be seen. It's also a great place to watch wildlife, such as the occasional seal in the river, and birds including kingfishers and heron. There's a wildlife spotter board in the Boathouse where you can keep track of all of the creatures you see. At the Battery the cannon always captures little-one's imaginations - can you're kids defend Greenway from attack by river pirates?
Just outside the old Stables, you'll find some hobby horses tethered, waiting to be ridden. They are availble to borrow for a small donation: anything you donate will be used to help to care for Greenway.