Family activities at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Adults and two children taking an autumn walk amongst the trees

We've put together a few activities to help you explore through our estate during your next visit. Download the map below or visit us in reception to pick up a copy to start your adventure off in style.

Autumn activities

Autumn is a great time of year if you're thinking about visiting us with the family. There's plenty to see and do during your next walk and with a huge 450 acre estate there's lots of room to blow off some steam and explore the far corners of Sissinghurst.

Our activtiy map is just the thing to help you and the family get the best out of your walk around the estate. There are 'hotspot' locations to try out some of the best '50 things' to do at Sissinghurst during the autumn, when you've done each of the things, make your way to reception to claim your stickers.

The animal footprint trail will help you try all of the autumn activities that you can find on your map below. Keep an eye out for the footprints and see how many you can find around the estate, extra points if you know what animals they are too.  

October half term activity map (PDF / 1.5859375MB) download

From the 25 October our oast house will be transformed into a gallery of some of the best amateur photography taken at Sissinghurst over the year. If you've entered the competition you might be one of the lucky winners, take a look inside to see the colourful displays.

All you need to know for a family visit 

  • Baby changing facilities can be found at the Old dairy cafe, the main visitor toilets next to visitor reception and in the granary restaurant.
  • High chairs are available in the old dairy cafe and the granary restaurant.
  • The granary restaurant has an array of dishes which are inteded for the younger members of the family.
  • The shop has a great selection for families with explorer packs, games and nature activity books to name just a few.
  • We have family trails, nature bingo, bird spotting and estate maps in visitor reception. Bring some crayons and colouring pencils to make the most out of the trails.
  • Explore our 50 things to do before you're 11¾ area down by the lakes on the estate and see how many things you can tick off during your visit.
  • Be sure to pay a visit to the veg garden where there's not only lots of room to burn off energy but there are two bug hotels to investigate.
  • If you're looking to explore the short estate walk with a push chair than the best way to the lakes is by following the outside of the garden mote and taking the path down. The terrain is quite hilly and there are some bumps so please take care on your way around, ask for a map at visitor reception.
  • Make your way to the bird hide to see some local wildlife. Be sure to ask at reception for a map to help guide your way.