1950s summer of play

Put away the screens and begin an adventure around the garden having a go at classic games like leap frog, red light-green light and simon says. End your journey on Serpentine lawn that's been taken over by a giant tipi and hobby horse race track to continue inspiring 50's games of imagination.

The 1950s game trail

Pop by the Welcome Centre and pick up the '1950s Game Trail' and go on a journey around the garden, learning and trying out forgotten 50’s games as you go. It’s all about nostalgic memories for grandparents and parents and sharing them with your little ones, good, simple, old fashioned fun.

Pick up a free trail from the Welcome Centre (normal admission applies).

Pick up a hobby horse and race around the track
A box of wooden hobby horses rested on a hay bail

Giant tipi fun

At the end of the trail venture onto Serpentine Lawn to find the giant tipi and hobby horse racing track. The tipi will hold magical storytelling sessions with Mister Storyteller every Tuesday 1-4pm,  the ranger team have planned an exciting activity every Thursday 1-4pm including ‘Fire and Smoke’ session, Journey Sticks, Bamboo chopping and bug hotel making and make a 50’s space rocket.

Family fun at Saltram
Children listen to a Ranger in a red fleece

Play like the Parkers

The Parkers loved horses and horse racing, so pick up a hobby horse and race the track whilst spotting the the Parkers old racecourse from serpentine lawn.  Dressing up was loved by the Parker children and you can see their very own cowboy and Indian costume that they once played in during the 1950s.

Let the kids imaginations run wild
A wanted sign with a little boys face through it

The sun didn't always shine in the 50s

And it doesnt today either, but dont worry stay dry in the house where the trail continues. In 1957 the Parker family handed over Saltram to the treasury and moved out. Children can pick up a 'Moving house trail' where children have to find all 10 treasure items and 'pack' them into the moving van as if they were moving house, just like the Parker family did.

Pack a picnic and dine out on the lawn
A family picnic on the lawn at Saltram