Fun for families at Hughenden

A family playing on the balance beams at a National Trust property

Family friendly Hughenden offers lots of opportunities for the young (and young at heart) to have a full day of fun in the beautiful Chiltern’s countryside.

Family time

You can set off exploring the gardens, build a den in the woods, take on a bug hunt in the walled garden or discover the secret playroom in the manor house. Add in a picnic in the orchard and you’re set for a fantastic day out.

Woodland play

Our woodland playground is under the shelter of tall trees so it's an ideal place in any weather to build a den, climb trees and play on the wooden sculptures and obstacle trail. There are walks and hikes through the woodlands to discover with four waymarked paths which range from 1 mile to 4 miles long. Pick up a guide from the Visitor Welcome kiosk to explore the hills and woods of the Hughenden estate.

Inspiration time

Hughenden offers lots of opportunities to tick off things from the ‘50 things’ list.  You can pick up a free booklet full of inspiring ideas at the Visitor Welcome kiosk or buy a hardback version in our shop. Download our Family Adventure Map here to get started:

Hughenden 50 things map (PDF / 1MB) download

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.

Fun in the walled garden

Young gardeners can try their hand at a spot of digging in our child-friendly walled garden play spaces. With mini wheelbarrows and watering cans they can learn all about how plants grow. It’s a great place to discover where food comes from or to try out a bug hunt and get up close with nature.

Indoor adventure

Discover the secret playroom in the Manor house where you can dress up in Victorian costumes and take on the house eye spy spotter trail to find the treasures of Hughenden. In our Second World War exhibition rooms you can see the warden's 1940s sitting room, creep into the cellar air raid shelter and visit the ice house photographic studio.

Perfect picnics

Our apple orchard has benches for picnics and there are wide open spaces in our pleasure grounds where you can put down a blanket under the shade of the trees. Either bring your own hamper or pick up supplies from the Café and then take your pick; in amongst the apple trees or enjoying the view over the Hughenden valley?

School holidays

During the school holidays we offer both outdoor and indoor activities with crafting and trail hunts. For the more adventurous, you can go orienteering and discover the wildlife of Hughenden with our rangers or climb up into the canopy of one of our giant chestnut trees. Take a look at the What’s On  events page to see what's coming up.

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 Manor 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, tea-time treats and ice-cream all year round to fuel your adventures. Hot meals are available from 11.30am-3pm, including children’s options, along with children’s lunchboxes.

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 Manor house or take time out in the Stableyard Cafe. There’s always jumping in puddles and mud pies to build, with macs and wellies it’s no problem.