Activities at Hidcote

Fun for the family at Hidcote

After exploring the garden, why not challenge family and friends to a game of tennis or croquet? We have plenty of activities to take part in so you can leave your footballs and frisbees in the car.

Tennis

We've everything you need, from period wooden rackets to match-winning tennis balls. All you need to bring are flat sports shoes and a lot of energy.

Play tennis at Hidcote
Tennis at Hidcote
Play tennis at Hidcote

Croquet

If tennis isn’t your thing try your hand at a spot of croquet. Have a go at this traditional pastime on the Great Lawn. We ask for a deposit of £20 when you pick up the mallets and balls from our shop.

Croquet on the lawn at Hidcote
Croquet match on the Great Lawn
Croquet on the lawn at Hidcote

Family fun

Childrens trails can be picked up from visitor reception.

Bathing Pool in summer
The Bathing Pool in summer
Bathing Pool in summer

Underwater world

The pools are teeming with an abundance of underwater creatures that can be seen swimming around.  Protected species like great crested newts and the more common frogs and toads enjoy our quiet pools for feeding, breeding and raising their young. It's great to look out for these amphibious species but please refrain from throwing stones and pennies into the water as it's damaging to their habitat.

A pond provides a haven for wildife and plants, like these waterlilies at Hidcote, Gloucestershire
Hidcote lily pond
A pond provides a haven for wildife and plants, like these waterlilies at Hidcote, Gloucestershire

The wider estate

The garden is surrounded by beautiful countryside, accessible by a network of public footpaths.  Walking guides are available from visitor reception.

Just one of the spectacular views around Hidcote
Just one of the spectacular views around Hidcote
Just one of the spectacular views around Hidcote