Family fun in South Somerset this half-term

The Apostle Garden gate at Lytes Cary Manor

South Somerset is full of adventure for families, with plenty of wide open space to explore, walk and play on our historic estates.

South Somerset is full of adventure for families. You'll find wide open spaces to explore, places to walk and play, history to discover and nature to get close to.

Barrington Court 

Wildlife days

Children will be able to create unforgettable memories with our wildlife crafts and a variety of hands-on activities with the Somerset Wildlife Trust, Wildlfowl & Wetlands Trust, Somerset Moth Group, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and others.

29 May - 31 May, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Arts & Crafts

Come along and paint a hand cut springtime wooden shape if you fancy doing something a bit different; Make up your own design and paint a hand cut wooden decoration. There will be a selection of shapes for you to choose from. 

This is a fun and relaxing activity that all the family can enjoy.

26 May - 3 June, Monday to Friday 11.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 12pm - 4.00pm. 

Call 01460 243122 or 243125 for details

Montacute House 

Outdoor games

Children can run wild on the manicured Elizabethan lawn this half-term. Playing hide and seek amongst the wibbly wobbly hedges or getting competitive with our outdoor games. 

Family Portrait Trail

Follow the clues of Jack, the pet monkey of the Winter Queen, Elizabeth Stuart around Montacute House. Look up high with a lady with a ruff around her neck and explore the longest Elizabethan gallery in England - a staggering 52 metres long. As your adventure continues remember, the more you look, the more you see.

Layers of landscapes walk

For the more adventurous and those looking to tire out little legs try the Layers of Landscape Walk. Pick up directions from reception to the circular route retracing the footsteps through layers of natural and cultural history.  From the top of St Michael's Hill marvel at the masterpiece of glittering glass and golden stone rising out of the landscape and return to our cafe for something delicious once you’ve conquered the challenge.

50 things

A range of the National Trust’s 50 things activities can be ticked off throughout the year (including run around in the rain) and the scrapbooks can be picked up from visitor reception. Some of the activities that can be completed are roll down a really big hill, track wild animals and go bird watching. Stickers for completing any of the 50 things can be collected at visitor reception.

Lytes Cary

Lytes Cary Manor is an intimate medieval manor house with a beautiful Arts and Crafts garden where you can imagine living. Originally the family home of Henry Lyte, where he translated the unique Niewe Herball book on herbal remedies, Lytes Cary was then lovingly restored in the 20th century by Sir Walter Jenner. The garden rooms contain a magical collection of topiary and herbaceous borders, while tranquil walks on the estate take you along the River Cary.