Family Fun at Sandham

Child drawing in the garden at Belton House, Lincolnshire

There’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at Sandham this summer – whilst the gardens are packed with flowers, fun and wildlife, the chapel offers an exciting opportunity to explore Stanley’s paintings and to learn more about the First World War. Beat the boredom in the school holidays with a burst of fresh air in our gardens and some time spent discovering the chapel and paintings.

Our handling kit gives visitors the opportunity to pick-up, touch and wear original pieces of First World War memorabilia; younger visitors can spot these items in the paintings, too.

Mug & Dixie from our handling kit
Sandham handling kit mug dixie
Mug & Dixie from our handling kit

Our beautifully illustrated Children’s Guide welcomes visitors to the chapel through Stanley’s own words; he talks about his early life and encourages visitors to think about their own similar experiences.  With opportunities for drawing and a wealth of puzzles and activities, the guide provides an entertaining introduction to the chapel and plenty to think about and do long after the journey home.

Children's workbook
Sandham children
Children's workbook

For younger visitors, our Senses Trail is packed with activities to help explore the chapel – from a game of ‘I Spy’ to handling the chapel key and hunting for animals in the paintings, the trail encourages younger children to discover the chapel using all of their senses.

Both the Children’s Guide (£2) and Senses Trail (50p) are available from our shop.

Sandham front meadow
Sandham Memorial Chapel front meadow
Sandham front meadow

Everyone loves a family picnic and what better place to stop for lunch than in our wildflower meadow – whilst the grown-ups enjoy the tranquil views, there are plenty of birds and bugs for younger visitors to spot and the long meadow grasses make a particularly fine grass trumpet!