Rainy days at Ormesby Hall

A child in costumed is mixing flour in the kitchen

Thinking about your next family outing and looking to escape the rain? Enjoy some family time with us and discover what we have to offer the entire family indoors.


This popular room provides a hands on space for children to enjoy. There is a mix of toys and games for babies, toddlers and older children.

Play with our train table, building blocks or dolls house. All the family can dress up as Victorian servants or relax and ready a story from our books corner. In the adjacent crafts room create a memory of your visit to take home.

Model railway layouts

There are three permanent model railway layouts in the servants wing; Corfe Castle, Pilmoor Station and you can also meet Thomas and his friends at his interactive model railway layout. Push the buttons to make Thomas go, then watch as you control them.

50 things to do before you're 11&3/4 

Have fun in the outdoors and tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11¾, from bug hunting, flying a kite or running around in the rain. There are plenty of self led actvities you can try at Ormesby.

Second hand bookshop

Relax in the bookshop on a rainy day and let your mind run wild with imagination as you get carried away with your reading. Your family can choose from a wide range of books from childrens, teenage fiction to adult fiction and more.

Explore the Garden

We have a selection of Garden Games the family can enjoy and play together. Discover the bug hotel and share the seasonal changes and scents the garden has to offer. Don't let the rain stop you, put on your wellies and pop up your brollie and go looking for some great muddy puddles.


Enjoy a bite to eat in the intimate setting of the tea-room which is housed in the old servants hall. Warm up with a hearty soup, latte or hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows.

Explore the tracks along the miniature railway models
Ormesby Hall miniature railway models