Half-term exploring

Children sitting with drinks in winter

The garden and woods are perfect for some winter exploring. With frosty leaves, silhouetted trees and winter views there is something to keep everyone entertained this half-term.

Frames of fun family trail

Linking in with the Oliver Messel exhibition of portraits, imagine the garden is a gallery, but we have removed the pictures from their frames. How many different frames can you spot throughout the garden?

Look through the frame to see the winter view or use the frame to create your own modern day portrait - the selfie.  Pretend you are in a famous portrait gallery, what expression will be on your face?

Pick up the trail from our welcome hub from 10am to 3.30pm. £1 per trail, normal admission applies.

What will you see on our frame trail
Close up of a picture frame with Dovecote

Spotting and collecting

With so many things to spot in the garden and woods we have seasonal activities for you to enjoy. Pick up your spotter sheet from the welcome hub and see who can find all the items first or take a box to collect fallen treasures.

Come and explore this winter
Family looking closely at rocks and plants

50 things

Even in the winter you can have a go at some of the 50 things to do before you're 11¾. Come and see what birds you can find feeding on the seed heads in the garden. If its raining we have plenty of puddles to splash in or see how many raindrops you can collect. The muddy paths in the woods are a great place to spot animal footprints.

For more ideas pick up your own scrapbook from our welcome hub and collect some stickers.

Run around in the rain
Visitors with umbrellas in the garden at Bateman's, East Sussex.