February half term fun at Greenway
If you're looking for some fresh air after a winter spent indoors, we've got you covered. You can stretch your legs on a woodland walk, warm up with a cuppa in the Barn Cafe, browse the second-hand bookshop for some new year reads or have an outdoor adventure on the garden trail.
Whatever the weather, you can get young minds thinking and exploring with free trails for kids in the house and garden.
Trails are available to collect at the entrance to the house and you can choose between the archaeology trail, perfect for older kids, and the animal themed spotter trail which is great for little ones. Agatha Christie's hunsband Max was an archaeologist and they went together on digs. For the archaeology trail Agatha is packing to go on a dig, and kids are challenged to spot the items from her packing list.
The outdoor trail, available in the half term from Visitor Reception, is a lovely way to encourage children to explore the garden as it awakes from its winter slumber and the buds start to appear.
It’s not just people that have travelled the world to and from Greenway, owners in the past have also introduced trees and plants from around the world into the garden. You can discover more on this fun, family-oriented self-led trail.They'll learn about Greenway's previous owners and how they brought trees from overseas into the garden.
50 fun things to do outside
We’ve created our list of ‘50 things’ to encourage families to play in nature together and build an enduring connection with wildlife. We want children to explore their senses in the wild, care for plants and creatures, and reflect on their feelings in different landscapes.
Whether you're an advernture or an explorer, at Greenway there are lots of 50 things to do before you're 11¾ that you can tick off your list:
6. Run around in the rain (don't forget your wellies).
44. Go bird watching (Greenway's robins are very friendly).
48. Keep a nature diary - this is a great time to start, and see if you can keep it up all year. At the end, see how many animals and plants you've spotted.
50 things indoors
But the fun doesn't stop there. 13 National Trust places are also taking part in '50 things' indoors and you'll need to visit more than one place to complete them all.
Simply pick up a leaflet when you arrive at your first place and then collect the stickers every time you complete a task on your visits. The 50 things will be everything from looking, listening, smelling and even tasting to talking and thinking together. What will you find at Greenway?
Stretch your legs
The woodland garden is perfect for exploring. Walking through tall grasses, spotting the buds of colourful camellias, rhododendrons and spring bulbs starting to bloom, and splashing in muddly puddles all keep kids entertained.
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. The Battery is complete with cannon, which always captures little-one's imaginations.
Time for a cuppa
After all that fresh air, a hot drink and bite to eat is on the cards, and the Barn Cafe has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. From snacks to light lunches and a second hand book shop, it's a great place to relax after discovering the great outdoors at Greenway.
There are different ways to get to Greenway, but if you're travelling by car don't forget to pre-book. Click here to book your parking space