May half-term at Hughenden

Get buzzing this half-term at Hughenden! There's crafting activities, meet the beekeepers, tree climbs and trail orienteering to enjoy ...

Get Buzzy!

Tuesday 29 May - Friday 1 June 10.30am-4pm

Get Buzzy and have fun with your very own bee crafting activities in the Hughenden study base. Pick up a crafting kit and create a buzzy bee friend to take home. Runs every day during half-term. Ideal for children up to 8 years.

£3 per child, normal admission applies.

Meet the beekeepers

Monday 7 May and Monday 28 May 11am-4pm

Find out about beekeeping and honey production with our expert volunteer beekeepers and see Hughenden's apiary of five active hives in the parkland.

Normal admission applies. Accessible route, open to everyone, including dogs on leads.

Happy Hughenden volunteer beekeepers
Hughenden volunteer beekeepers
Happy Hughenden volunteer beekeepers

Trail Trackers

Tuesday 29 May 10.30am-12pm

Become a trail tracker for the day and join our Rangers exploring Hughenden’s parkland. You’ll have fun learning about orienteering, making your way with a map and compass and finding out all about the rare wildlife of the chalk hills.

Ideal for children aged 5-10 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult (adults go free). Not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies as the trail runs through the parkland, suitable for dogs on leads.

£4 per child, normal admission applies. Booking essential. Book online or call on 0344 249 1895

Find your way with a map and compass
Children orienteering at Brancaster, Norfolk.
Find your way with a map and compass


Great Big Tree Climb

Friday 1 June 10am-5pm

Two highly skilled and friendly instructors can help people of all ages reach new heights in one of Hughenden's fantastic horse chestnut trees.

The team from The Big Tree Climbing Co will teach you how to climb up into the tree canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners. You'll be securely attached to a harness at all times. When you reach the top of the tree you'll see a view only a few people ever get to enjoy. And that's one of your '50 things' ticked too.

£20 per person per 1 hour session. Suitable for children aged 6 and over.

Book direct with the Great Big Tree Climbing Co. online at or call 0800 0556760.

Climb a tree
Children climbing a tree in the grounds of Mottisfont, Hampshire.
Climb a tree

Family time

During the school holidays there are all sorts of things to see and do at Hughenden, alongside our organised events. You can set off for an exploration of the gardens, build a den in the woodlands or discover the secret playroom in the manor house. Add in a picnic in the orchard and you’re set for a fantastic family day out in the Spring sunshine.

And if it rains, no problem. Our café serves delicious hot meals, light snacks and tea-time treats along with children’s lunchboxes so you can drop by for much-needed refreshments on your day out.