Polesden Lacey for families

The gardens and wider estate at Polesden Lacey are perfect for running, chasing, picnicing, wildlife spotting and lots more. Fill the long summer days with fun and laughter whilst exploring nature, playing and relaxing.

A boy gets ready to throw a frisbee at Polesden Lacey

The Polesden Games - Get set, go 

Join us this summer between July 10 and Sep 1 for The Polesden Games - Get set, go. Challenge friends to a round of frisbee golf, take on your family at the sack race or prove once and for all that you are the champion at ping pong. Pick up your 'Get set, go' cards and stickers at the ticket office and let it take you on some exciting outdoor adventures. Just don't forget to record your win with a photo on the podium! Normal admission applies.

The meadow brown butterfly
Walking trail

Polesden Lacey Butterfly Walk 

The estate at Polesden Lacey is home to a wide variety of butterflies. Why not take some time this spring and summer to do some butterfly spotting? This modestly strenuous walk is perfect for walkers of any age and skill level. It takes approximately an hour and a half.

Children playing on an old tractor

Meet the rangers

Come and meet the superheroes of the woodland and learn about the conservation work carried out on the Polesden Lacey estate. Check out some of the tools and machinery they use and climb on board their tractor. The woodwork team will also be showcasing their work including bird boxes and chopping boards as well as their fire logs and charcoal. Every other Saturday from 10 July to 4 September, 10:00am to 12:30pm. No need to book, just meet them in the Diary courtyard (by the coffee shop). Normal admission applies.

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.

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. Climb on the natural climbing frames by Admirals Walk, play hide and seek in the woodland or build a den in the woods. Our natural play area, Squirrels Corner, is closed at the moment.

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.

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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