Fun for families at Hardwick Hall

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There are plenty of things to do for families at Hardwick throughout the seasons. From dressing up and history quizzes in the house, to the fairy houses in the garden. There’s always something to do come rain or shine. Make sure you keep an eye on our events page for more family fun.

In the Gardens

Explore the four courtyards of the south court see if you can spot the fairy houses tucked away near the winter border. Our younger visitors have spotted many animal shapes and even dinosaurs in the Stumpery, see what you can spot.

The Hardwick gardens are a delightful place for day out
Family in the orchard surrounded by daffodils
The Hardwick gardens are a delightful place for day out

In the Hall

Discover the lives of facinating women at Hardwick from England's lost princess, Arbella Stuart to the Last Lady of Hardwick, Duchess Evelyn.

Try the new internal internet information on your phone or tablet in the Hall; discover more about the hidden meanings in portraits and take your own #hardwickselfie, see the contrast of the once vibrant textiles that have now faded and create your own labels for the furniture.

Get hands on the Below Stairs with our rug rugging or dress up as some of the characters who worked below stairs.

In the Park

Have fun trying to identify the birds on the lake and keep an eye out for Bess' oak. It's thought to be over 400 years old.

Go for a wander down Lady Spencer’s Walk (suitable for buggies and wheelchairs), build a den and run, jump and swing in the woodland play trail.
There is plenty of fun and games to be played at Hardwick
Children playing in the Hardwick gardens
There is plenty of fun and games to be played at Hardwick

In the Stableyard

Why not bring a football with you or a frisbee and have some fun running around in Stableyard? There are lots of family activities each school holiday, check out our event page for more information.

When you are ready for a break enjoy our children’s menu in the Great Barn Restaurant or grab a sandwich from the kiosk to have a picnic or browse the pocket money section of the Stables shop.

Stainsby Mill

Stainsby Mill is a great visit for families. The working water mill is full of the sights and sounds from the life of a 19th century miller. See the milled flour move around the mill, and get hands on with a hand mill and discover all about the mechanics of the little gem.