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.

Spotter trails


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.

50 things fun


Wether 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. 

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. 

You can sit and watch the world go by at the Battery
The Battery at Greenway in winter, overlooking the River Dart
You can sit and watch the world go by at the Battery

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. 

Money from second-hand book sales helps to care for Greenway
Volunteer David sorting the books in Greenway's second-hand book shop
Money from second-hand book sales helps to care for 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