Fun for families at Greenway
There are lots of activities that are perfect to keep your little-ones entertained and help them to find out more about Greenway this spring, from taking part in the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, exploring the woodland trees or spotting signs of wildlife on the river.
Greenway was Agatha Christie's holiday home, where she and her friends and family could relax and play games such as croquet and tennis. Why not follow in that her footseps and have a game of croquet or soft-ball tennis when you visit?
50 things fun
At Greenway there are lots of 50 things to do before you're 11¾ that you can tick off your list. Spring is a good time to do these things:
- 6. Run around in the rain (April showers are perfect for this - don't forget your wellies).
- 34. Find some frogspawn (try looking in the Bird Pond).
- 44. Go bird watching (Greenway's robins are very friendly).
There are free trails for kids to do in the house and garden. In the house 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 holidays is a lovely way to encourage children to explore the garden. Some of Greenway's previous owners have sailed to America and brought back new specimens to plant in the garden. Can little ones search for the trees from overseas?
The house trails are available to collect at the entrance to the house, and the garden trail is in visitor reception.
Exploring the garden
The woodland garden is perfect for spring explorations. Walking through tall grasses and bamboo, amidst coloursful camellias, rhododendrons, spring bulbs and bluebells, 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.