Summer adventures for families in the South East

Firmly placing hand, then foot, then hand, then foot, on branch after branch, peering through the canopy, peeking down through the leaves - do you remember the thrill of it as a child? Or skidding down the grass, throwing yourself down the hill, seeing sky following earth as you roll and roll... Such simple pleasures are among the activities you can get stuck into with the kids at our places across the South East this summer.

Father and small children blow on a dandelion in the meadow at Morden Hall Park, London

London 

Flinging off your shoes in a triumphant arc, feeling the cool grass beneath your toes and trying not to think about beetles and slugs. There's uncomplicated fun like this and more in London this summer. You could take on the fun and games with Jaques at Ham House and Garden, and the wild play area at Morden Hall Park.

Children play in a den made out of branches

Kent 

From crafts at Knole to a round-the-world trail at Chartwell, there are adventures big and small waiting at our special places in Kent.

Children playing pooh sticks at Tyntesfield

Oxfordshire 

Launching a stick into a stream, watching it fall in slow motion and be whisked under the bridge, then swept frantically along by swirling eddies - do you remember the thrill of it as a child? Playing Pooh sticks is just one of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ in Oxfordshire. Whisk the whole family away on an adventure this summer.

Den building Killerton Devon

In and around Hampshire 

Spending ages finding the best sticks, getting Dad to build the really high up bits, then spending all afternoon serving your sister pretend cups of tea from your new woodland living room. Den building is just one of the things to try with the kids this summer in Hampshire.

Child smiles after rolling down a hill

West Sussex 

Keep the whole family on the sunny side this summer. Take part in Sublime Science workshops at Petworth, new children's trails at Nymans and Sheffield Park and Garden - or crafts and croquet at Standen.

Fly a kite

In and around Berkshire 

Launching a kite, your dad flinging it hopefully in the air then leaping to avoid the double-back and dive. But when the wind took it and the strings tugged and it was flying, actually flying - do you remember the thrill of it as a child?... keep the whole family flying high this summer. You can bring the kids for some fresh air and fly a kite on lawn at Basildon Park, or even make wild art in the woods at Cliveden.

Boy climbing tree

Surrey 

Keep the whole family on the sunny side this summer. Take part in family trails, crafts and games at Hatchlands Park, Claremont Landscape Garden, Dapdune Wharf and the Surrey Hills. Plus come and earn ranger badges at Polesden Lacey in a new interactive family experience during August.

Family jumping waves together at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight 

The breeze whips up your hair,you're gasping as the cold edge of the surf tickles your toes, the sun warms back of your neck. Here it comes...here it comes... ready and... jump.... Bring the kids to jump over waves on the beach at St Helens Duver this summer, or try a sandcastle competition. There's all this and more for you to enjoy with the family on the Isle of Wight

Bug hunting

In and around Buckinghamshire 

Holding your hand out for the scary beast, snatching it back as your nerve failed. Then screwing up your face and bravely accepting the challenge on a rigid arm - do you remember the thrill of it as a child? … keep challenging the whole family this summer. You can get stuck into fun in and around Buckinghamshire this summer, including the Knights and Castles trail at Hughenden, family explorer days at Stowe and Wild Wednesdays at Ashridge and Cliveden.

 Children using blades of grass as whistles in the garden

In and around East Sussex 

From the Jungle Book trail at Bateman's to 50 Things at Bodiam Castle, there are adventures big and small waiting at our special places in and around East Sussex.