Ickworth family activities this Summer

There are loads of different family activities designed to help you explore and discover the Ickworth Estate. However you choose to spend your day with us, your adventure starts here…

A summer of fun and exploration

Get on a bike

Why not hire one of our bikes or bring your own and follow one of our two family friendly multi-use trails around the estate – the River Linnet or the Monument trail. We’ve even got a short route especially designed for little legs! The routes are suitable for all weathers too, so even if it's raining, you can still enjoy exploring the estate. 

Come Out and Play

10am - 3pm daily, Friday 22 July to Saturday 3 September

Challenge your friends and family on our mini games course on the North Lawn. Grab a challenge card from the activity hub and have a go at sack racing, bean bag throwing and noughts and crosses. There is even a podium for first, second and third. 

Children participating in a sack race
Three children taking part in a sack race outdoors
Children participating in a sack race

Discover the wildlife of Ickworth

11am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 3pm, Thursday 21 July & Thursday 11 August

Join us for a nature discovery trail around the woodlands of Ickworth and spot the wildlife that calls the parkland home. Free - no booking required. Normal admission applies. 

Try out Geocaching

11am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 3pm, Thursday 28 July & Thursday 18 August

Join us and have a go at Geocaching around the Ickworth Estate. Discover this global digital treasure hunt as we explore the parkland and find the geocaches hidden along the way. Free - no booking required. Normal admission applies. 

Play the 1930's way

11am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 3pm, Thursday 4 August & Thursday 25 August

Be transported back to the 1930's and have a go at playing with games whilst dressed in 1930's costumes. Hear about the characters that lived at Ickworth during this period. Free - no booking required. Normal admission applies. 

A girl enjoys geocaching in the great outdoors
A girl enjoys geocaching in the great outdoors
A girl enjoys geocaching in the great outdoors

Adventure Play area

Why not spend some time running off steam in our play area? Situated by the car park, our wooden play area is suitable for children of all ages. There are picnic benches available too.

Giant Games

Daily during the Suffolk school holidays by the Adventure Play Area

Have a go at chess, draughts, jenga and dominones with our giant outdoor games. Challenge your friends and family and see who is victorious! 

Grab an Explorer bag

Drop into the welcome point (next to the plant centre) and pick up one of our family explorer bags. Packed with items such as binoculars, bug pots and ID sheets, discover what calls Ickworth Estate home. Free to use, just drop it back when you are finished.

Build a bug hotel

In the wildlife area by the adventure playground have a go a building a bug hotel. 

Bug hunting
A child showing an adult what is in a bug pot
Bug hunting

50 things activities

Why not have a go at some of our '50 things to do before you are 11¾' activities? You can download the activity list and plan your adventures here

Sleeping dragon

Discover our magical Stumpery at the back of our Italianate garden. See if you can spot the sleeping dragon and her egg nest on this fern festooned walk. She is well hidden so the first one who spots her definitely deserves a sticker! 

Take a seat...
An ornate carved wooden chair in Ickworth's stumpery, Suffolk
Take a seat...