Family adventures at Oxburgh Hall

A family playing with leaves in autumn

Planning a day out with the family? Before you’ve even managed to persuade the kids to get in the car, you’re wondering if you’ve packed everything you’re going to need! But it will all be worth it, when they return home from Oxburgh Hall worn out and you have new memories to cherish.

Explore inside the hall

Step back in time as you explore the ground floor rooms of Oxburgh Hall. With intriguing objects on display and secret doors to spot, imagine what it would have been like to live here hundreds of years ago. 

Step back in time with the family
Two children dressing up at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk
Step back in time with the family

Burn off some energy outdoors

There’s plenty of space in the gardens and woods at Oxburgh Hall for those needing to burn off some energy. Stop by the activity station in the summerhouse to pick up your ‘50 Things’ guide and plan your adventure; from bug hunting to den building, see how many of our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' you can tick off the list! Plus there are carved sculptures to look out for in the woods. 

Look out for the wooden sculptures dotted around the estate
A wooden sculpture of an otter at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk
Look out for the wooden sculptures dotted around the estate

How about becoming the explorer you were meant to be, with our ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities. You can pick up a 50 things guide on arrival. Here are three you can try at Oxburgh Hall. 

50 things to do before you're 11¾

Learn wild survival skills such as den building

No. 4 Build a den

Explore the woodlands at Oxburgh Hall, where you’ll find plenty of sticks for building your den. Be creative, once it’s up, crawl in and have fun.

Family picnic on the lawn outside Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

No. 9 Eat a picnic in the wild

There’s something very British about packing up a picnic and enjoying it regardless of the weather. At Oxburgh you won’t have to look far for the perfect spot surrounded by nature.

A family sitting on the bridge playing pooh sticks at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

No. 19 Play pooh sticks

The River Gadder flows through My Lady’s Wood, which is where you’ll find a number of wooden bridges, which make the perfect spot to challenge a sibling to play pooh sticks.

Eating with us?

You have a choice when it comes to eating with your family at Oxburgh Hall. Grab and go from our Pantry café in the summer, or enjoy lunch in our tea-room all year round.

We offer children’s lunch boxes, which consist of a sandwich, Pom Bears, a piece of fruit and a carton of juice. We also offer half portions of the main meals on our menu and there’s a collection of games that you can play whilst you wait for your food - from dominoes, tiddly winks and pick up sticks. 

If it’s sunny weather, why not bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn? You’ll be able to laze in a deckchair, whilst the kids enjoy playing with the outdoor games – anyone for a game of giant chess?

Good to know

  • You’ll find baby changing in our disabled toilet in the courtyard of the house and the ladies toilet in the garden.
  • Bottles and baby food can be warmed up in our Servants Hall tea-room.
  • High chairs are available in the Servants Hall tea-room.
  • If you fancy a picnic, you'll find picnic benches in an area close to the car-park, but you’re also welcome to picnic in the grounds.
  • Feel free to ask to borrow one of our front-carrying baby slings or hip-carrying infant seats if you want to explore the house. Just head to the entrance of the house and speak to a room guide.
  • There are plenty of buggy-friendly paths around the garden and parkland, just pick up a map from visitor reception so you know where to go.

If you’re not already a National Trust member, why not enjoy the benefits of family membership? You’ll be able to explore over 500 special places like Oxburgh Hall for free and if you join as part of your visit to Oxburgh, you’ll have helped support the conservation of this incredible place.