Easter activities at Ham House and Garden
We are really sorry, but we have cancelled our Easter activities. Like many organisations we need to focus our efforts on dealing with the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak, and want to channel our people and resources into responding to that challenge.
As the weather warms up, a day out can be a great way to entertain the kids during the holidays. You can take part in our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, make the most of the outdoor spaces, explore the house or walk the wider estate.
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Ham House and Garden
Saturday 4-Sunday 19 April, 10am-4:15pm
Spring is the perfect time to scoop up the kids and spend quality time outdoors together, making new discoveries as nature comes to life.
Explore the historic garden with this nature-themed ‘Beester!’ trail and earn a delicious chocolate prize.
The 12 acre garden at Ham House is gently cultivated to encourage wildlife and a recent count showed it is home to an amazing 48 species of bees and wasps. Younger visitors of all ages can follow the trail and find out where some of the bees are playing hide and seek. You will be rewarded with a chocolate prize.
Beester! Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is £4 per trail, normal admission applies.
The trail will be based around our network of gravel paths, so ideal if you have a pushchair with you or don't want to roam too far.
In the courtyard area near the house there will be more games and activities to keep little ones entertained: do a waggle dance to find the pollen, dress up with our bee wings or make your own bee accessories with our bee craft.
More things to do outside
You'll find space for the kids to let off steam while you take in the different parts of the historic garden.
There is plenty close to the house if you don’t want to walk too far and the garden is enclosed so ideal for a rest on a sunny bench whilst youngsters explore.
Enjoy the maze-like formal Cherry Garden garden that is perfect to play in and the Wilderness Garden where animals and insects also make their home.
The garden team is running three new 1 hour nature workshops for families too: make a bumblebee nest and place it in the garden at Ham House. Then come back later in the spring to see if a bee has made their home there. (Offered on April 14, 15, 16 at 1:30. Maximum of five families per session. Free of charge. First come first served.)
There’s a family tasting area in the Kitchen Garden, The Wild Kitchen, where children of all ages (and adults!) can pick fresh fruits, make mud pies or help plant potatoes (April 16 and 17 at 11am to 12:30pm)
If you feel like a longer walk, there are circular walks from the garden or why not start your day with a stroll to Ham House and Garden?
It’s just a half hour gentle walk on the flat to us if you take the stunning riverside path from Richmond station and you’ll pass ancient Petersham Meadows. Then, at the end of the day, there are bus stops close by for the return journey to Richmond or Kingston.
Visit the house
If you are looking for something to do inside, then the house will be open for you to explore.
Ham House was the 17th century creation of the tenacious Duchess of Lauderdale and her husband the Duke. Together they transformed Ham into one of the grandest Stuart houses in England. Soak up the atmosphere as you discover each ornately decorated room in turn.
Tasty homegrown treats and eats
Worked up an appetite? They Orangery Café is a great place to stop and relax.
Open every day, it serves hot and cold meals, jacket potatoes, freshly-made sandwiches, kids lunch boxes, cakes, biscuits, ice creams and a variety of drinks. Or on busier days, if you just want to pick something up on your way into the garden, stop at the kiosk for take-away options.
We love fresh food and it doesn't get much fresher than fruit and veg grown on site in Ham's Kitchen Garden, used daily in our seasonal menus.
The outdoor seating by the cafe has views across the Kitchen Garden too, a feature at Ham since the mid-1650s. Where else can you see seasonal produce being grown and picked fresh in front of you all year round while you tuck into tasty homegrown treats?
Family friendly checklist – plan your visit
Enjoy a stress-free day at Ham House and Garden with all the information you might need here to plan a great day out.
• Prams can be used in our grounds, shop and café, but cannot be taken inside the house for conservation reasons. They can be stowed under the covered arch at the front of the house. Hip carriers are available at the front door for you to use inside.
• Ask at visitor reception for a level access guide to the gardens so you can find your way step free. A ramp is also available in the café.
• The paths in the garden are mostly gravel and historic cobbles which can be difficult to scoot on. Our friendly team at visitor reception are happy to keep an eye on your scooters and balance bikes while you have fun. Bike racks to lock your bikes to are also available.
• Toys and activities suitable for toddlers and young children can be found in the Outer Courtyard. Explore our Thames-themed stepping stones and engage in some imaginative play with our adorable new outdoor play kitchen which can be found in the Family Tasting Garden.
• Baby changing facilities are available in the women’s and disabled (gender neutral) loos opposite the shop.
• You can enjoy all the special places the National Trust cares for, for a whole year, with National trust family membership, from £6.90 a month.