Summer family activities at Hughenden

Join us at Hughenden this summer and enjoy getting closer to nature. Set off exploring the gardens, take on our summer trail, build a den in the woods or discover the secret stories of the manor house. At family friendly Hughenden have a full day of fun in the beautiful Chilterns countryside.

Summer days out

The gardens are full of wildlife to notice, from red kites soaring high in the sky to butterflies fluttering from flower to flower. In the woodlands there are towering trees of all shapes and sizes to explore. Add a picnic in the parkland and you’re set for a fantastic day surrounded by stunning views and the sweeping landscapes of the Chiltern hills.

Get set, go!

We’ve created a great new programme for the school holidays to inspire young imaginations and get all the family going further, faster and longer this summer.

For 5-8 year olds, there’s a Plant Hunter's Challenge. Use your trail map to find your way around the gardens and discover the weird and wonderful plants and trees growing at Hughenden that were discovered by the great Victorian explorers. (It is around a 30 minute walk)

Looking for a longer adventure? Take on the Ranger's Challenge.  Ramble through the parkland and walk in the footsteps of our rangers to find out about the rare habitats and wild creatures they care for in the countryside. (This trail takes you to a stream, through rough grassland and past friendly cows. Suitable footwear advised. It is around an hour's walk) Suitable for ages 7+ 

Free activities. Normal admission applies. Get set, go! runs from Sat 24 Jul until Fri 3 Sept, whilst stocks last. Collect your trail sheets from the Visitor Welcome Kiosk.

Have fun with 'Get set, go' cards at a place near you
Have fun with 'Get set, go' cards at a place near you
Have fun with 'Get set, go' cards at a place near you

When you’ve completed your adventure, drop back by the kiosk to collect your sticker and Get set, go! pack of cards. There are three cards with eight activity ideas on, ideal for 7-10 year olds, to carry on the fun at home and through the holidays. Colour them in and mark off an icon for each challenge successfully completed.

Perfect picnics

Our apple orchard has benches for picnics, there are perfect lawns on the parterre or wide open spaces in our pleasure grounds where you can put down a blanket in the sun or under the dappled shade of the trees. Bring your own hamper or pick up supplies from the café and then take your pick; in amongst the floral displays and trees or enjoying the sweeping views over the Hughenden valley?

Woodland play

Our new woodland play area has been carved from giant fallen trees with rope walkways, wood stepping stones and hideaways to explore. 

With the shelter of the tall trees, the grounds at Hughenden are an ideal place to play in any weather. There are walks and hikes through the woodlands to discover with four waymarked paths which range from 1 mile to 4 miles long. 

Footpath sign at Hughenden

Summer walks at Hughenden

With open parkland, rolling hills and beech woodlands there are beautiful walks through pristine Chilterns countryside to enjoy this season.

50 awesome adventures

Hughenden offers lots of opportunities to experience things from the ‘50 things’ ideas list.  You can pick up a free booklet full of inspiration at the Visitor Welcome kiosk.


Four-legged family friends

We love dogs at Hughenden and they’re welcome in the grounds on a lead and in the parkland and woods under close control. You can walk around the gardens, picnic in the orchard, enjoy the parkland, visit the Stableyard café and more.

Dog walking on a lead

Dogs at Hughenden

There are beautiful gardens to explore and acres of beech and oak woods for you and your dog to roam in at Hughenden.

Tips for families

  • Hughenden is on the top of a hill so some paths are steep and in the woodland they can be uneven in places. It’s all fine with a sturdy buggy; those with younger children may find a baby carrier useful.
  • Baby-changing facilities are available in the disabled toilet in the Stableyard. 
  • Hip carriers are available to borrow free of charge for the house, you can park your buggy in our covered entrance.
  • There are plenty of open spaces at Hughenden for running around in and under 5s are welcome to bring scooters and small bikes.
  • The shop has a range of children’s books, toys and gifts as well as pocket money items for all ages.
  • Our café serves light snacks, hot meals, tea-time treats and ice-cream all year round to fuel your adventures. 

If it rains there’s plenty of shelter in the woods under the tree canopies, so rain doesn’t necessarily stop play, and you can explore the house or take time out in the stableyard cafe.