Summer adventures for families at Hinton Ampner

Start your summer adventures here at Hinton Ampner with our May half-term trail. Check off your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ list, bring a picnic and explore our estate on one of our walks.

May half-term trail

Saturday 26 May - Sunday 3 June, 10am -5pm

Hedgehogs like living at Hinton because they can roam freely for food, and there are lots of cosy places where they can set up home. Find out some fun facts about our hedgehogs and complete the trail around the gardens and parkland.

Suggested donation £1 per trail.

Our trails are aimed at all the family, the smaller members of the group can have fun spotting the trail points while older kids (and big kids too) can work together to solve the clues. 

Discover mini beasts hiding inside fallen trees
Picture of two children looking inside a fallen tree
Discover mini beasts hiding inside fallen trees

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Have you completed all of your 50 Things this summer? If not, Hinton Ampner is the perfect place to run free and tick some activites off your list. 

With lots of trees in the park you’ll be able to hunt for bugs, catch a falling leaf, make a daisy chain, as well as look inside a tree. After a rainy day you might even be able to track wild animals.

Pick up a booklet at visitor reception and explore the parkland and gardens to see how many you can complete. 

For the more adventurous of you, why not explore the wider estate. There's plenty of fun to be had in the woodlands including building dens as well as spaces to do some off-road cycling.

How long will your daisy chain be?
50 things girl making daisy chain
How long will your daisy chain be?

Perfect for picnics

There's nothing like a picnic to enjoy the summer weather. With plenty of room in the grounds and parkland you'll be spoiled for choice.
You're welcome to bring your own food to enjoy as a picnic in the gardens and take in the views meticulously crafted by Ralph Dutton.  

A picnic is a lovely social gathering
A group of friends enjoying a picnic
A picnic is a lovely social gathering

If you fancy something extra then why not pick up snacks, cakes and ice cream to go from the Café and take it out into the gardens to enjoy? There are lots of shady spots and benches to take advantage of.

We've got great pick and mix lunch boxes for kids and a tempting selection of cakes and bakes, sandwiches and drinks in disposable cups, these are perfect to pick up and enjoy on the go or for a picnic with friends and family. 

Please do remember to pick up any litter once you've finished and take it home. 

Walking trails

For those more adventurous, head out into the estate and find our den building area in the woods. With lots of woodland to explore, see what wildlife you can spot and stop off for a picnic along the way.  Try out making your own wild art with sticks and leaves you find on the forest floor.

Den building in the woods
Den building Killerton Devon
Den building in the woods

We have a range of walks for all the family. Pick up a trail from visitor reception or download them before your visit.  There are different length walks to suit all ages and abilities.

Family and junior membership

With family and junior membership you can enjoy great adventures at many National Trust places and free car parking at countryside sites. Both 1 and 2 adult family and junior memberships available - just ask at reception.

Junior membership pack for under 11s

Family friendly checklist

  • Children under 5 go free.
  • Baby-changing facilities in access friendly toilets.
  • Children’s menu available in the café including a pick’n’mix lunch box and ice cream.
  • Colouring sheets and crayons available in the café.
  • Highchairs available in the café.
  • Picnic spaces around the grounds as well as picnic benches by the entrance.
  • Great family gifts and pocket money toys available in the shop.