Summer family fun at Scotney Castle

Bring the whole family to explore the garden and estate, follow trails and have a go at some of our 50 things to do before you're 11¾. With special events throughout summer and daily trails available, there will always be something fun to spark the imaginations of young and old alike.

Children of Scotney summer activities, throughout the summer

The Hussey children who lived at Scotney Castle in the late 19th century kept diaries about the fun they had in the grounds. Re-live their adventures as you take part in our summer trail and activities.  £2 per trail.

Summer guided walk, 7 22 July, 11.30am-1pm & 2pm-3.30pm

As the Hussey family children did in the 19th Century explore the best place to spot wildlife such as butterflies, dragonflies, birds and wild flowers.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Set your children free with our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activities. Let them feel the wind in their hair, smell food cooking on an open fire, track wild animals and eat a juicy apple straight from the tree.

50 things activities, every Wednesday morning in August, 11am-12pm

1 Aug – Den building

8 Aug – Wild art

15 Aug – Map & Compass, £2 per child

22 Aug – Den building

29 Aug – Raft building

Pond dipping, every Wednesday afternoon in August, 2-3pm

£2 per child, limited numbers

Water boatmen, water scorpians, pond skaters, mayfly nymphs… there’s an extraordinary world just waiting to be discovered hiding under the surface of castle moat. We'll provide the nets, identification charts and the pots so you can see what you might find. Details at visitor reception on arrival.

Good to know

  • Baby changing facilities can be found in the courtyard near visitor reception.
  • Bottles and baby food can be warmed up in our tea-room.
  • If you fancy a picnic, you'll find picnic benches on the lawn opposite the mansion house.
  • Pick up a 50 things booklet at visitor reception to help your adventurers explore the estate.
  • There are plenty of buggy friendly paths around the garden, just ask at visitor reception.

Before you leave us...

Don't forget to visit our shop with a large selection of children's books, cards and gifts. We have everything from sticker books to children's audio books as well as confectionery and toys.  You can be sure to find a gift for someone or a memory for your children to take home from their day out at Scotney.