Playful days at Montacute House

Children playing in the hedges in Montacute garden

If you’re looking for fun things to do with the family over the changing seasons, why not head over to Montacute House and Garden where there's plenty to keep the whole family happy?

Family fun at Montacute

Montacute is an Elizabethan masterpiece of architecture and design. Its warm hamstone construction casts playful shadows across its elegant garden making it the perfect backdrop for a family day out. The wibbly-wobbly hedges are perfect for a game of hide and seek, or why not pack a picnic to enjoy in the garden or wider estate where you can also enjoy the swings in the park?


Exploring this autumn

If you are looking for late colour, Montacute's East court boarder is a treat with many flowers still in bloom right through to November. For those of you wanting to venture further afield walks in the parkland, Ladies walk and St Micheal's hill offer autumn colour, stunning views of the pretty village and Montacute House. Look out for the early winter visiting birdlife including jays, missle thrush and small flocks of fieldfare feeding on fruit, acorns and berries.

A family pond dipping at Cragside, Northumberland

Download the '50 things' activity guide 

If you want to download a PDF of the whole '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' list, then here it is.

Family activities for outdoor adventures 

We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure. Discover wildlife at the places in our care using our handy spotter guides or have a go at activities inspired by the colours and sounds of nature.

Woman removing child's wellies from the back of a car

Please book ahead before visiting 

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. Please book your tickets by 3pm on the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. Where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may always be necessary, however if you do not book we cannot guarantee admission. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday for the following week. The book barn remains closed until further notice.