Family fun at Seaton Delaval Hall

Come out and play and enjoy summer family activities at Seaton Delaval Hall! We’ve a summer packed with things to do for the whole family. Enjoy our open spaces and run wild, take part in our active adventures and create great memories together.

There’s lots of fun to be had at Seaton Delaval Hall for kids big and small!  Enjoy our open spaces, run wild and play just as the unruly Delavals would have done and expect a few surprises along the way!


Seaton Delaval Hall was once home to the generation of residents known as the Gay Delavals, notorious 18th century pranksters who loved nothing more than to confuse their guests with mischief and trickery.  Thanks in part to the National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported Curtain Rises project, Seaton Delaval Hall's (in)famous playfulness has been reintroduced throughout, designed to incorporate hints of the trickery and mischief for which its inhabitants were known.  Enjoy a family visit to Seaton Delaval Hall and find fun for all ages...

Delaval Playdium Play Area

The Delaval Playdium is inspired by the Delavals' love of theatricality, incorporating theatre mechanics, 'flats' (blackboard scenery – bring your chalks and create your own!), hidden thunderclaps and rain cloud sounds alongside traditional play elements such as swings and basket swings.  This bespoke play area also features a centrepiece stage plus rope walk, slide and scramble net.

A boy on the slide at the Delaval Playdium
Boy on the slide at the Delaval Playdium
A boy on the slide at the Delaval Playdium

Come Out and Play

Join us on our summer holiday programme this year.  We’ll be offering activities across the six-week holidays to help you fill up your days and burn off some energy! Get your pulses racing and join in with our drop-in activities.

Mirror Mirror

Many a Delaval prank was thought to have been made possible by the use of mirrors and visual trickery to surprise, confound and delight their guests in their Georgian heyday.  Our fully accessible Mirror Cube and Dark Matter Cube, the latter of which is surrounded by beautiful pleached lime trees – are perfect for a family game of surprise!

Sounds good

Take a wander along the central path through the South East Gardens and down along the hawthorn crinkle crankle hedge… is someone speaking to you? See if you can find where the message is coming from!


I can hear you!
A girl holds on to the speaking tube
I can hear you!

Have a ball!

If you fancy a game of something grab some kit from our mini Seaton Delaval Hall games chest!  There something for everyone – football, tennis, cricket, badminton or frisbee – and our South Lawn is perfect for big games, with plenty of space to run around against the backdrop of the stunning south side of the Hall.

Grab a bite together

When you’ve run off some energy it’s time to have a rest and recharge the batteries. Bring your picnic and grab hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams from the Summerhouse to top up or head down to the Brewhouse for lunch indoors or enjoy lunch outside in the garden.


Things to do at home this summer...