Visiting Shugborough with your family this summer

Child running up the stairs on the mansion

As the weather warms up, Shugborough becomes the perfect place to spend time with your family. With ample space to roam, formal gardens, wild woods, play area and Park Farm café, there’s something for every generation.

With 900 acres of grounds and parkland to play with, you will never be short on fun for all the family here at Shugborough Estate. Find out exactly what's on offer and the details you need to plan your visit.

Planning your family visit

  • There are toilets and baby changing facilities at the Plant Centre, Park Farm and Midden Yard.
  • Pushchairs are welcome in all outdoor spaces. We ask that they are left outside when visiting the Mansion, Lichfield Apartments and Servants Quarters.
  • Park Farm is a working farm, often our Longhorn Cattle and Southdown Sheep will be in different locations across the estate. 
  • We welcome budding cyclists across the estate up to the age of five.
  • Fill- up hungry tummies at Park Farm Café or the Mansion Tearoom.
  • Park Farm Café and the Mansion Tearoom both have a Microwave to heat up milk and baby food.
  • Whether you bring your own blankets or find one of our picnic benches by the Mill Pond picnicking is welcome across the estate. 

Family-friendly activities

Summer Trails Saturday 23 July to Saturday 4 September

Pick-up a summer trail from Visitor Reception.  

Come out and Play Saturday 23 July to Saturday 4 September

Take part in a range of active outdoor games to get the heart pumping for all ages and abilities at Shugborough Estate.

Outdoor theatre: Awful Auntie Saturday 13 August

Join brave Stella Saxby in the Walled Garden as she takes on ‘Awful Auntie’ in Heartbreak Productions' adaptation of David Walliams book.

Book your tickets here 

Family-friendly things to do on the Estate

Exploring the Estate

With 900 acres of estate to explore you will find new adventures every time you visit. Will you climb up to Hadrian’s Arch and roll back down the hill? Spot what’s growing in the walled garden? Or find the blue and red bridges around the circular walk through the gardens and arboretum.  

Explorers' Wood play area

This natural play area inspired by ocean-faring patron, Admiral George Anson, is filled with adventurous things to do. You can build a daring den, climb to the top of the climbing wall, or even whizz down the zip wire.

Visit Park Farm

Park Farm is home to historic breeds of Sheep and Cattle. They are often out and about across different areas of the estate so look out for them on your walk. Take a look at our interactive farmyard exhibit in the historic Mill Block to find out about the role the farm played in Shugborough’s history.

Family-friendly things to do in the Garden

Shugborough is home to the widest yew tree in Europe- how many steps will it take for you to go round it? Visit the Walled Garden to see what’s growing, or wander along the river and to spot the wildlife.

Family- friendly things to do in the Mansion

Shugborough was built as a ‘perfect paradise’, with monuments littering the landscape. When you are visiting the ‘Room of Imaginary Landscapes’ use the magnets to create a picture-perfect paradise on the magnetic landscape?

Join in with our Jubilee Spotters Trail in the Servants Quarters. Can you spot the coronets? If you want to learn more visit our Jubilee Pop-up Exhibit (can our no frills event listing be linked here?)