Half-term in the South East

Our places can provide the perfect backdrop to half-term fun in the South East. You and the kids can appreciate the wonders of the natural world on a walk at your local open place this May half-term. You can play games of hide-and-seek or child-chasing, bring your binoculars for spring bird and blossom spotting, or make a list to send the kids on a scavenger hunt.

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks and countryside locations are open. Cafés are offering a takeaway service and some outdoor seating is available at cafés in England only. Some shops are open in England and Wales but remain closed in Northern Ireland. All houses are currently closed. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our priority. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.


May half term is the time to turf the kids out into Berkshire's gardens and parkland to run free. Get lost in the maze at Cliveden or build dens in the parkland at Basildon Park or Greys Court. Plus there are plenty of walks to enjoy - where will you explore this half-term?

A family group on the rose bridge at Mottisfont, Hampshire


We’ve got lots of May half-term adventures for little ones, in and around Hampshire. Explore Mottisfont, Hinton Ampner and The Vyne on fun-filled trails to get your fill of fresh air.

Enjoy spring colour with the whole family at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent


Got little ones bursting with energy this half-term? We've got miles of estates, nature adventure trails and outdoor play areas just waiting to be explored. Take part in spring bingo at Sissinghurst Castle Garden or tackle a spotter sheet at Emmetts Garden. For something a bit different, a new outdoor trail at Chartwell explores letters between Sir Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine.

A family playing pooh sticks at Bateman's

East Sussex 

Find a place near you to escape into nature this May half-term. From natural play areas to wild estates and woodlands, we've got plenty to keep little explorers busy like pooh sticks at Bateman's or exploring at Bodiam Castle.

Two children play outside the house at Polesden Lacey


With warmer weather on the way and half-term school holidays to look forward to, it’s the ideal time to explore the outdoors and try new things. There are nature trails to try at Polesden Lacey, Claremont and Hatchlands Park too.

One girl ages approximately ten looks through a magnifying glass at plants whilst looking for bugs and a younger boy looks into a bug pot at an insect he has caught whilst a mother watches with intrigue


There are so many places to explore in and around Buckinghamshire. Why not head outdoors and burn off some spring energy with us this half-term. There's a 50 things guide to see what bugs, birds and blossom you might spot on your walk at Stowe or plenty for kids to enjoy at Waddesdon.

Two girls playing on chopped up logs at Greys Court


Come and see us for May half term in Oxfordshire. In the warmer weather, there's lots of fun to be had in the outdoors. There's miles of open space for kids to run around at White Horse Hill or Stowe. They can play hide and seek in the woods at Ashdown or Basildon Park or take a family wander around the quaint villages of Buscot and Coleshill, sampling delicious tea room treats.