Summer family adventures at Hatchlands Park

Time to break out the hats and the sunscreen and visit us at Hatchlands Park now that the weather’s warmed up and the days are lighter for longer. We’ve got lots of excellent activities for the whole family so join us for outdoor adventures under sunny skies.

Alice in Wonderland, outdoor theatre at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

Outdoor theatre and cinema 

Grab your lawn chairs and visit Hatchlands this summer to treat yourself to an evening’s entertainment. Enjoy a season of outdoor plays on the lawn in front of our mansion with all ages catered for. Discover Shakespeare’s supernatural comedy, spend an evening in Wonderland or pack the canapes and don your best cravat for Noel Coward's cutting comedy.

Pack a picnic and join us on the lawn for a little drama at dusk.

Children den building

50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾  

Our list of 50 things will set you on your way to great outdoor adventures. You can complete 19 of the 50 activities here. Build a den in our adventure area, fly your kite on a windy day, find a huge hollow tree to explore in or hunt for bugs under parkland log piles. The whole park is your playground.

Child playing in the natural adventure area

Wizard Wix's Willow Warren 

Visit our natural adventure area for children. Get to grips with hand-crafted willow tunnels, domes, balance beams, sculptures and a totem pole; we've even got wood piles for den building. With picnic benches for tired parents to take a break, you’ll find us on the map in Great Wix Wood.

Children in Georgian costumes at Hatchlands Park, Surrey

Dress like a Georgian 

At Hatchlands we’ve taken the dressing up box a step further. Whenever our house is open, you can find specially designed, hand-made Georgian costumes for children to enjoy. Choose a role as the Gentleman, Lady, the Footman or Maid and get in touch with the fashions from the period our house was built.

Children playing on the tree house

Tree house 

Wizard Wix’s Willow Warren, our natural adventure area, proved hugely popular. We’ve expanded it so that you can get even closer to nature with an exciting tree house. It could fill the role of an enchanted castle or a haunted house. Follow your imagination to become the undisputed king of the castle.

Pony at Hatchlands Park

More events 

Pony Magic and Have-A-Go-Archery visit Hatchlands Park on selected days throughout the year.

Enjoy a truly magical experience with beautiful, safe ponies and experienced handlers. Your child can enjoy short rides through the garden, led by a handler. Suitable for 2-11 year olds.

Think you're the next Robin Hood? Discover exciting, safe archery tuition in the garden with H&H Archery. Suitable for 6 year olds and above.

A family picnic at Hatchlands Park

Picnic spots 

Throw a rug down on the lawn in front of the house or head further afield to discover one of the many picnic spots in our park. Pack your own hamper full of your favourite summer food or visit our Kitchen Café and let us do the hard work for you with fresh sandwiches and takeaway drinks. Head to the top of Wix Hill for views of the surrey landscape, down to Sheepwash Pond to sit by the water or grab a seat on the circular bench in the peaceful Courtyard Garden.

Girl with a GPS device

Geocaching 

It's the newest activity on our 50 things list but you don’t have to be under 11¾ to take part. Great outdoor fun for the whole family, discover the world's largest treasure hunt. Get started on a new adventure hunting high and low around the Long Walk at Hatchlands.

Children on space hoppers in the garden at Hatchlands

Bounce around the garden

When our garden’s open, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, you’ll be able to find our collection of bright and bouncy space hoppers on the lawn. Feel free to grab one and hop to your hearts content, but do try and avoid the fountain.

Family eating in the cafe at Hatchlands

More info for families 

Children’s lunchboxes and highchairs are available from our café in the cobbled courtyard | You can pick up 2 age-specific children’s house trails at our house entrance | You can find baby changing facilities in the female and disabled toilets, also in the courtyard | Not all of our parkland and woodland paths are hard surfaced - for the most buggy friendly routes just ask at reception when you arrive | You’ll find picnic benches and tables all over our garden and park