Families at Nymans

Children playing at Nymans

There’s plenty for families to see and do at Nymans. Explore the garden and woods or discover hidden treasures in the house. Activity and spotter sheets will keep little ones happy, while our school holiday trails in the garden, and walks in the woods, are fun for everyone.

School holiday trails

Discover more about the hidden stories of Nymans with one of our family trails. We have a different themed trail each school holiday that you can collect on arrival from our welcome hub. Follow the trail to find the clues and complete the challenge.  

Find your way on a trail at Nymans
Child looking at map at Nymans
Find your way on a trail at Nymans

Play in the garden

The Messel family enjoyed playing in the garden and our new Play Glade by the bookshop is an ideal spot to play games, build a den or act out your imagination on our mini stage. Explore the nearby bamboo jungle too and hide among the topiary shapes, or have a go at a spotter activity hunt looking for seasonal flowers, plants, birds and bugs. 

Find your way

Download our map to help you get around. 

map of the garden and woods (PDF / 3.3MB) download

Have fun in the garden
A boy with binoculars coming through hedge
Have fun in the garden

Woodland fun

The woods are a great place to explore with boardwalks, water cascades, mud, flowers and very tall trees. Our three circular walks will show you some of the best bits. See if you can find the large wooden sculptures, including a kingfisher, owls and a giant beetle. 

Who will you meet on your walk in the woodland?
Chainsaw sculptured woodland creatures
Who will you meet on your walk in the woodland?

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Visit the welcome hub to see which of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ activities you could do on your visit. Create some wild art or have fun with sticks - both challenges are great to do whatever the weather. The garden and woods are a great place to start your nature adventures

Eating with us

Our cafe, located by the main entrance, opens at 10am and has indoor and outdoor seating for those purchasing food and drinks. The main menu is served from 12 - 2.30pm and for children we offer lunch boxes and half size portions of main meals. 

At peak times you can pick up a snack from the horse box by the cafe, where you'll find sandwiches, cakes & drinks.

If its sunny weather why not bring a picnic to enjoy and treat yourself to an ice-cream. On a cold day a hot chocolate topped with marshmallows is a warming treat.

Winter fun at Nymans
Children sitting with drinks in winter
Winter fun at Nymans

Family friendly checklist

  • Children under 5 are free
  • Single and multiple adult family memberships available
  • Baby changing facilities available
  • Gravel and grass paths throughout the garden
  • Half portions and lunch boxes in café
  • High-chairs available in cafe
  • Picnics welcome in the garden
  • Borrow a blanket 
  • Shelter spots throughout the garden
  • Free childrens' activities
  • Pocket-money gifts in our shop
Enjoy a family day out at Nymans
Family having picnic in garden
Enjoy a family day out at Nymans