Summer adventures for families at Hinton Ampner

Start your summer adventures here at Hinton Ampner with our summer holidays 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.

Summer holidays Tudor trail

Saturday 20 July - Sunday 8 September, 10am-4pm

Follow the family trail through the grounds to uncover fascinating facts about Tudor life at Hinton. The trail will ask little ones to find clues leading them to discover the Tudor house that once stood in the grounds.

Collect the trail from the team at Visitor Reception. Trails cost £1 per child, plus usual admission prices to the estate. 

We reccomend allowing an hour to complete the trail, though do allow more time if you're visiting with a buggy. The trail is suitable for all ages, though we think children up to 10 years old would enjoy this best. The trail is completely outdoors, so remember to dress for the weather.

Outdoor theatre 

Illyria's Frankenstein

Saturday 31st August, 7-9pm

Outdoor theatre makes a dramatic return to Hinton with Illyria’s performance of Frankenstein. Featuring a fully orchestrated musical score, a cast of professional actor singers and spectacular stage effects; the show is guaranteed to be as humorous as it is enthralling. The show contains mature themes but is suitable for all ages 5+. 

Tickets: £17.50 Adults, £8.50 Children. Booking essential on 03442 491895 or book online.

With a fully orchestrated score and spectacular effects, the stage is set for a night to remember...
With a fully orchestrated score and spectacular effects, the stage is set for a night to remember...
With a fully orchestrated score and spectacular effects, the stage is set for a night to remember...

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

'50 things to do before you're 11¾' is an initiative led by the National Trust to connect children to the outdoors.  

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.

A child holds a large leaf with a beetle sitting on it at Coleton Fishacre

50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4 this summer at Hinton Ampner

Get your kids closer to nature with ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.

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. But we do offer a great pick and mix lunch box for kids and a tempting selection of cakes and bakes, sandwiches and drinks all served in disposable cups.

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

Adventures further afield

The parkland

The parkland is situated behind Hinton house and is full of fun things for families to explore. There's space to burn off energy and stretch little legs whilst spotting wildlife. There's currently a small herd of anicent breed Gloucester cattle roaming freely, and despite their large size, are happy to share their space with others, so long as they're given space.

The woods

For those more adventurous, head into the shady woods. Here there's plenty of space for den building, picnicing and letting imaginations run wild. 

There's also 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 one and two adult family and junior memberships available - just ask at Visitor Reception.

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