Summer holidays family fun at Ham House

Families enjoy playing garden games in the kitchen garden

Look no further for the perfect day out with the kids this summer holidays. We've got children's activity maps, craft activities, garden games and plenty of 50 Things to Do Before You're 11 3/4.

The Grand Salad activity map (suitable for children aged 5+)

Every day from 22 July – 5 Sept, 10am-5pm

Children will travel back in time to help John Evelyn make his famous Grand Salad.

The Grand Salad is a 300 year old recipe described by famous diarist, John Evelyn, when he visited Ham House in the 1680’s.

Young adventurers will hunt around Ham House tasting organic vegetables, following salad leaf trails and creating their very own Grand Salad in our craft room.

Maps cost £1 each, and come with your own packet of seeds to take home and make your own salad.

A completed demonstration of the Grand Salad
A completed demonstration of the Grand Salad

Traditional family garden games (suitable for all ages)

22 & 23 July, and 19 & 20 Aug 

Jaques, the outdoor games makers, kick off our summer holidays in style with traditional garden games on select weekends at Ham House.

The games are free for you to play with, normal admission charges applies.

Families enjoy playing garden games in the kitchen garden

Daily garden games (suitable for all ages)

Every day from 22 July – 5 Sept, 10am-5pm

Because garden games are so much fun for the whole family, we will have a smaller selection of the games from our weekend with Jacques on offer every day during the summer holidays. 

Games can be found in the 'Family Friendly Zone' in the Outer Courtyard. Sensible ball games are permitted in this area only. 

Tick off in den building off your 50 Things list

50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 ¾ (suitable for children aged 7-12) 

Every day from 22 July – 5 Sept, 10am-5pm

Children can pick up a free 50 Things activity booklet at our Visitor Reception with a sticker reward.

Hunt around Ham House for ways to complete as many 50 Things activites as possible.

You will find no. 4 ‘Build a Den’, no. 22 ‘Explore Inside a Tree’, and no. 25 ‘Make a Grass Trumpet’ in our Family Friendly Zone in the Outer Courtyard.

You will also find a grass maze and our toddlers 'Wooden London' play area in the Outer Courtyard. 

Girl picking fruit in the Family Picking Garden
Girl picking fruit in the Family Picking Garden

And for the really little ones...

If you are bringing your tiny toddlers to Ham House, there is plenty on offer for them to explore. 

Take them to our craft room belowstairs for some colouring and sticking fun, or let them loose in our child-friendly Wildernes for some natural play.

We have plenty of picnic space and you are welcome to bring your own games to play in the Outer Courtyard.