Summer holiday activities at Mottisfont

An illustration by Axel Scheffler for Room on the Broom

Enjoy family adventures alongside our The Gruffalo and Friends: the Art of Axel Scheffler exhibition this summer, 15 July - 3 September. A themed activity trail, based around our grounds, will run alongside the exhibition. You can also enjoy some additional Gruffalo-themed activities on 1 - 2 and 29 - 30 August.

The Gruffalo and Friends: the Art of Axel Scheffler exhibition

An illustration from the Gruffalo's Child by Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalo and Friends exhibition at Mottisfont 

Colourful, characterful works by the much-loved children’s illustrator Axel Scheffler are on display over the summer holidays, 15 July – 3 September. We'll be showcasing illustrations from The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, as well as Stick Man, The Snail and the Whale, Room on the Broom, Zog and many more.

Family trail: the Gruffalo and Friends

Saturday 15 July - Sunday 3 September, 10am - 5pm. Suggested donation £1 per trail.

A family activity trail, based around our grounds, will run alongside the exhibition. Spot signs of the Gruffalo and find his den in the cellarium and challenge yourself in the Stick Man climbing area. There’s even a giant broom with room for photo opportunities...

Pick up a map at visitor reception to start your trail. There are physical, creative and puzzle activities to try along the way, with a craft activity to take home. Our trail suits both younger and older children, so it's fun for all the family - even grown-ups can join in!

Remember to bring along your wellies and waterproofs in case of wet weather.

Gruffalo-themed family activity days

In addition to the activity trail, everyone can join in with some extra Gruffalo-themed activities during the summer holidays.

Have a go at making a big Gruffalo sculpture on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 August, and a Gruffalo mural on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 August, 11am – 4pm. You can also make your own mask or puppet to take home.

Storytelling sessions will run alongside these activities, too.

Visiting with your family

As well as these additional activities, there's plenty of space to play at Mottisfont. As well as our Gruffalo and Friends exhibition and trail, there are wild play areas and lawns suitable for ball games and frisbees.

Family friendly checklist

  • Free entry for under 5s.
  • Baby-changing facilities in access friendly toilets.
  • Pushchairs admitted around the grounds and in all catering outlets, though not in the house due to space restrictions.
  • Hip-carrying infant seats available for loan in the house.
  • Children’s menu available from The Old Kitchen and Coach House Café.
  • Ice cream parlour open on sunny days, with a wide range of scoop ice cream.
  • Highchairs and baby food warming facilities available in The Old Kitchen and Coach House Café.
  • Picnic spaces around the grounds.
  • Pocket money gifts and children's books available in the shop. There are children's books in our second-hand bookshop, too.
A family group on the rose bridge at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Enjoy a family day out 

Mottisfont is the perfect place for a family visit all year round, with plenty of space to run, jump and play. Read our hints and tips and take a look at our Wild Play map to discover the best places for family fun around the grounds.