Family fun in the sun

A mother and daughter playing tennis

Summer is here and there are lots of things in the house and garden for families to enjoy, as well as fun family events in the summer holidays. Agatha Christie and her family spent their glorious summer holidays at Greenway, relaxing by the river, playing garden games and spending quality time together. Why not follow in their footsteps? Please remember to supervise your children at all times.


Fancy a game of soft ball tennis or croquet? You'll find the tennis court and the croquet lawn ready and waiting for you. During the summer holidays there is also a fête-themed games challenge in the Walled Garden and around the tennis court to complete. 


The Gazebo

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. 


50 things fun

At Greenway there are lots of 50 things to do before you're 11¾ that you can tick off your list. On Thursday 24 August there is a 50 things activity taking place: from 2-4pm why not drop in to make a trail with sticks? Free to take part (normal admission prices apply, don't forget to pre-book a parking space online or by phone if you plan to travel to Greenway by car). 
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.


Spotter trails

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. 
The garden 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 house trails are available to collect at the entrance to the house, and the garden trail is in visitor reception. 


Explore the garden

In the summer months the garden has a balance of colourful plants in bloom, and lush greenery looking its best. There are some unique areas in the garden which children love to discover.


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?


The vegetable plots

In the Walled Garden there are vegetable plots filled with unusual and interesting plants grown by volunteer Graham. He's tending to Egyptian walking onions, which 'walk' across the garden as the bulb forms at the top of the plant, and the weight of this lowers it to the ground, where it takes root and produces shoots that then form a bulb, and so on. At the top of the Walled Garden there is an allotment which is cared for by school children from Galmpton Primary School. 


Garden tour

The garden team lead a free tour every day at 2pm, which lasts about 45 minutes and is a great way for families to discover the highlights of Greenway garden.


Greenway fête

The summer fun doesn't end when the kids go back to school. On Saturday 16 September, 11am-3pm, we'll be celebrating the anniversary of Agatha Christie's birthday with a 1950s fête in the style of 'Dead Man's Folly.' Traditional games and stalls will be set up in the Walled Garden. There will be a small charge at the stalls such as the coconut shy: the money raised will be helping to care for Greenway for ever, for everyone.