Polesden Lacey for families

The gardens and wider estate at Polesden Lacey are perfect for running, chasing, picnicking, wildlife spotting and lots more. Come and enjoy the autumn walking through the trees, jumping in crisp golden leaves, and soaking up the colourful views. Join us for Ignite, our evening illumination event for an extra special family trip out.

Glowing mushroom installations in the dark

Ignite fire and fantasy at Polesden Lacey 

Experience Ignite: a brand new after-dark experience taking place from Fri, 22 Oct 2021 – Sun, 7 Nov 2021 in the garden at Polesden Lacey. Step into an enchanting landscape that will fill you with wonder and enjoy moments of reflection and playful discovery along this brand new illuminated trail.

 Visitors enjoying an autumnal walk beneath the autumn trees on the estate at Hardwick, Derbyshire

Autumn activities for all the family 

Vibrant colours, bold trees and rich harvests... explore the best experiences of the season with our range of autumnal activity packs. Whether you're after family fun or some quiet time, there's something to enjoy for all ages and tastes.

Two children climb on a natural climbing frame made of logs at Polesden Lacey

Natural play area

There are lots of places to play at Polesden Lacey. Climb on the natural climbing frames by Admirals Walk, play hide and seek in the woodland or build a den in the woods.

Children climb and play on a tree swing

Swing from the trees at Polesden Lacey 

Mrs Greville hung swings in the trees when she invited local schoolchildren to Polesden Lacey for their summer party. We're continuing that legacy today. Why not try out our fun giant swings, which hang beautifully from the strong boughs of our beech trees.

Chickens at Polesden Lacey

Hang out with our feathered friends

No visit to Polesden Lacey is complete without a trip to Home Farm Orchard to visit the chickens. While you're there, why not check out the beehives and bug hotel? Home Farm Orchard is also a great spot for a picnic.

Children rolling down the South Lawn at Polesden Lacey

50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4 

Enjoy these '50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4' activities at Polesden Lacey (and anywhere else). Have you rolled down a hill, built a den or made friends with a bug? There's plenty of things to explore and try.

An unusual planter, a toilet basin filled with flowers


The main toilets are opposite the coffee shop as you walk into Polesden Lacey from the main car park. There are baby change facilities and disabled toilets here.

Map image of Polesden Lacey

A map of the property 

You can download a small map of the gardens at Polesden Lacey here. You'll be able to pick one of these up at reception when you arrive, with more information on what you can see and do on your visit.

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