Family fun at Killerton

There's family fun this winter at Killerton.

From the best places to for children to play at Killerton, to the '50 things' fun and family trails they can complete, find out about everything on offer for families.

Exploring in winter

The palette of dazzling colour around the estate is beginning to look more subdued as winter takes hold, but you can still enjoy exploring off the beaten track to come across secret paths, crunch frosty leaves underfoot and take in the natural beauty of the changing seasons.


Top five places to play at Killerton

There are all sorts of places to play at Killerton, from woods to parkland. Here are five of the best places to play when you visit, but the opportunities for a fun and playful visit are endless.


1. The Clump den building

After an adventurous climb up to the top of the Clump - the highest point at Killerton - you'll find a den building area where you can test your skills.

2. Sparrow Park

Two fallen veteran trees are a great place for clambering and climbing. Look out for big fungi growing on them in autumn and winter.

3. Swings

Keep your eyes open for swings as you explore the park. We often move them to new places, so ask in visitor reception for their latest location.

4. Park Wood den building

The more adventurous visitor might enjoy a walk to Park Wood where they will discover a secluded den building site. It makes a great place for a family afternoon creating the perfect forest shelter.

5. The lost house

It's an adventurous walk to the lost house but a great place for young imaginations and budding archaeologists.

Look out for places to play around the parkland
killerton woodland parkland play tree family summer
Look out for places to play around the parkland

'50 things to do before you're 11¾' fun

4. Build a den 

Explore the magnificent woods to discover the perfect haven for hiding - with a supply of sticks and twigs for building things.

6. Go welly wandering

There are acres of parkland to wandering in, don't miss the muddy puddles to jump in at this time of year too.

18. Create some wild art

Forage in the woods for some quirky craft materials. What will you create? Keep an eye out for events throughout the year for plenty of 50 things inspiration.

31. Make friends with a bug

Killerton's woodlands offer the perfect habitat for all kinds of creepy crawlies – come and explore under rocks and in trees. What will you befriend?

34. Discover wild animal clues

The gardens and parkland are home to lots of wildlife including badgers, deer, foxes, otter and pheasants. See if you can spot any of them. Remember to stay quiet so you don’t scare them away. 

44. Watch a bird

The estate is alive with birds all year. In winter, keep your eyes open for noisy rooks roosting in the chapel grounds and for the blue flash of jays as they dive into trees.

47. Cook on a campfire

Join us around a campfire on one of our many family events and activities and to cook marshmallows, apple fritters and more.

Playing in nature
A family playing in the woods
Playing in nature

Useful things to know before your visit

Please book ahead before visiting 

The car park, garden, park and toilets at Killerton are now open and you’ll need to book your tickets by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

Find a picnic spot for an al fresco lunch at Killerton, Devon

Top five places for a picnic at Killerton

Feel the grass between your toes or find shade under a canopy of trees. There's plenty of perfect places for an al fresco feast at Killerton; here's five of our favourites. Please be aware that you'll need to book ahead before visiting.

We use compostable takeaway cups in our cafes

Seasonal eating and drinking at Killerton

Please be aware that the cafes are closed until further notice.