Alice! Summer adventures for families at Hughenden

A picnic table set up for an afternoon tea

Last summer Hughenden entered the wonderful world of Lewis Carroll with our Alice inspired activities. Pop back next summer to find out what we have in store.

Alice! White rabbit trail

Daily, Sat 22 July - Sun 3 September, 10am-5pm

Get the whole family involved as you follow the white rabbit on a trail through the woodland. Can you find all twelve giant pocket watches as you follow the rabbit's journey through Wonderland? 

The woodland paths at Hughenden are steep in some places, although managable with a sturdy buggy, those with younger children may find a baby carrier useful. 

Alice! Crafts days

Thursdays and Fridays, Thu 27 July - Fri 1 September, 10.30am-4pm

Young adventurers can make a pop-up dormouse in a teacup at weekly craft days . Drop in on Thursdays and Fridays to pick up your craft pack.

£2 per craft pack.

Alice! Mad Hatter’s tea party

Wed 26 July, 9 & 23 August, 12noon-3pm

Bring a picnic and join us for a Mad Hatter’s tea party on the parterre with storytelling and games on the lawn, and refreshments for sale from our Victorian tea tent. 

Please note this event is weather dependant and will be cancelled in bad weather.

Join a Mad Hatter's tea party this summer
Cakes and tea cups ready for a tea party
Join a Mad Hatter's tea party this summer

Croquet on the lawn

Tuesdays, Tue 1 - 29 August, 11am-4pm

Join Wycombe Croquet Club  for a game of croquet on the lawn. Friendly instructors will be on hand so even the most novice player will meet the Queen of Heart's royal standard! Fun for all ages, with an Alice inspired children’s croquet set with flamingos and hedgehogs!

The Great Big Tree Climb

Wed 2, Wed 16 & Mon 21 August, 10am-4pm

Adventurers can get a bird's eye view when they climb into the tree's canopy with an instructor from The Big Tree Climbing Co.

£20 per person for a one hour session. Booking essential, book online with The Big Tree Climbing Co. 

Normal admission applies to all events. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. 

Climb a tree
Children swinging in the trees
Climb a tree

Time for tea?

Head to Hughenden's stableyard cafe or Dizzy's for tea-room your own tea party. Pick up a kid's lunchbox (stableyard cafe only) complete with activites and stickers, or try some wacky Wonderland inspired cakes. There's also a range or cakes, sandwiches and drinks available, and hot meals are served in the stableyard cafe 12noon-2.30pm daily. 

Brought a picnic with you? Head to the picnic orchard with plenty of space to relax and play.

Enjoyed Lewis Carroll's story? The shop has a range of Alice books and gifts as well as plenty of pocket money items for all ages. 

Facilities for families

Baby-changing facilities can be found in the disabled toilet in the stableyard. 

Buggies are welcome around site, but not inside the manor (hip carriers can be borrowed free of charge from the front desk). Hughenden is on the top of a hill so some paths are steep and paths through the woodland are rough and uneven in places. 

Looking for more things to do? You'll find a woodland play trail adjacent to the pedestrian path from the car park, bug hunts and activities in the walled garden and dressing up inside the manor.