Winter family fun at Greenway

A child doing a bark rubbing against a tree

During November and December 2018, Greenway is open at weekends, with loads for families to see and do. Find out about family fun here, from exploring the woodland garden where leaves crunch underfoot, to completing a trail and helping with preparations for Greenway's 1950s family Christmas.

Trails

There are free trails for kids to do in the house and garden. In the house there is a spotter trail asking kids to find all of the toys on the ground floor. 
 
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.

You could make paper chains
Visitors creating paper chains
You could make paper chains

Getting ready for Christmas

During November you could help to get Greenway ready for Christmas. The house will be decorated for a 1950s family Christmas throughout December, with retro decorations, presents ready to be wrapped and toys waiting to be played with. The House Kitchen will be the paper chain making station in November, where you could add some links to the paper chains.  

 

Exploring the garden

The woodland garden is perfect for a winter walk. Crunching through leaves, walking through tall grasses and bamboo, and splashing in muddly puddles all keep kids entertained. Fancy a game of soft ball tennis? You'll find the tennis court complete with soft-ball tennis ready and waiting for you. 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 captures little-one's imaginations. 

Come and meet Father Christmas
Father Christmas
Come and meet Father Christmas

Meeting Father Christmas

On Saturday 8, 15 and 22 December, Father Christmas will be setting up a grotto at Greenway. He'll be greeting children and sharing out keepsake gifts from his sack, and his helpers will be telling festive stories. £5 child (normal admission prices apply).