Fun for families at Hughenden

Girl and father catching leaves

Family friendly Hughenden offers lots of opportunities for the young (and young at heart) to tick off most things on your 50 Things to do before 11 ¾ list and should keep the whole family entertained all day.

50 things

50 things to do before your 11 3/4 at Hughenden 

Complete your 50 things challenges at Hughenden this summer. Discover giant hills, hidden dens and creepy crawlies, or join one of our activity packed summer events.

Climb our trees, roll down our banks and play in our open spaces. Our walled garden offers the chance to get hands on planting seeds or learning about birds and insects.

School holidays activities

During the school holidays we offer a variety of outdoor and craft activities that guide gentle exploration of the nooks and crannies of the estate. Pictorial sheets in the house or spotter guides for our woodland and parkland highlight items of interest.

For the more adventurous, you can learn to make a shelter or other aspects of bushcraft led by one of our rangers. Play Victorian games such as croquet on the parterre in the summer with parents joining in or watching from one of the seats surrounding the lawn.

Perfect picnic opportunities

The orchard is a perfect place for a picnic, so either bring your own or pick some up from the café for a more spur of the moment meal. Sit beneath the apple blossom in spring or the swelling apples later in the year.

Interactive displays

Dress up in the house or the ice house and enjoy spinning the Victorian zoetrope or answering the phone in one of our Second World War interactive displays.

Once a year our 1940s weekend recreates aspects of the era including live music, vehicles and other artifacts that evoke the period.

Learn about our bees

Head to Hughenden to spot foraging bees
Bee on flower
Head to Hughenden to spot foraging bees

At times our beekeepers hold events where you can learn about the bees and see how the equipment is used to care for the bees and to extract the honey.

Follow the bee trail echoing the way the bees forage for pollen and nectar, or make a bee mask. Take away hive products such as jars of honey or beeswax candles.

Programme of events

Check out our events below to find specific activities or come and enjoy the permanent displays