Fun for families at Standen House and Garden

A family enjoying Easter

Standen is a great stomping ground for children in autumn and provides the perfect location for a family day out. Designed to be a family home, there's lots to see inside and out.

Family friendly facilities


•Baby changing facilities available
•High-chairs available in café
•Half portions and lunch boxes in café
•Picnics welcome around the estate
•Please note buggies are not able to be taken into the house for conservation reasons due to narrow corridors and fragile furnishing. We are able to provide 'hippy chick' seats/baby carriers for young visitors in the house and a covered space to leave buggies and pushchairs whilst you visit the house.
•Shelter spots and benches throughout the garden
•Pocket-money gifts in our shop
•Area for running around at top of garden

Outdoor play

There's plenty of space to run free and explore the garden and woodlands at Standen. It’s a great place to run off steam or slow down and see which wildlife call Standen home.


We love playing in the garden, but we also love the delicate plants, trees and shrubs so please leave balls, scooters and frisbees in your car.

On Rock Top Walk you can also find Bothy nestled in the trees which is a great place to stop for a rest on your big adventure. Sit for a moment and let your imagination run wild, make up a story about who might have lived in the Bothy and what adventures they might have been on. Please note that access to the Plantation and Bothy does involve steps up to the area and may not be suitable for buggies. There is currently no access inside the Bothy, however you can explore the area outside it.

October Half Term: Sussex Folklore and Fairytales Trail

Grab those wellies and woolly hats and set off on the Sussex folklore trail this October half term. Let your imagination run wild with stories of mythical beasts and fairy-tale folklore. From dragons and ghouls to pixies and fairies this autumn the mysterious legends of Sussex folkore will be brought to life in the garden at Standen. Download the trail sheet at home to bring along with you. Open daily from Sat 24 Oct to Sun 1 Nov.

Sussex Folklore and Fairytale Trail at Standen (PDF / 1.2MB) download

Feeding those hungry tummies


When you need to refuel and take a break from exploring, visit our café for a selection of homemade hearty treats. With a delicious range of cakes and bakes, sandwiches and drinks, warming up couldn’t be easier. We’ve got a kids menu and handy pick ‘n mix packed lunches to satisfy all the family, even the smallest members.


If treats are the theme of the day, then don't forget to pop into the shop to find lots of pocket sized toys and confectionary.

Treat yourself to a warm cup of hot chocolate
Girl drinking hot chocoate
Treat yourself to a warm cup of hot chocolate

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

Have fun with '50 things' activities in the garden and woodland. Roll down a really big hill, make stick art or discover wild animal clues.

Woodland walks

Grab your wellies and get outdoors and closer to nature whatever the weather. Explore Hollybush and Rockinghill Woods, or perhaps take a short walk to Weir Wood Reservoir. Download a trail below to help guide you on your walks. 

Standen Hollybush Tree Trail - Autumn (PDF / 1.9MB) download

Discover woodlands at Standen, West Sussex

Walks at Standen

There are wonderful walks through 100 acres of the original Standen estate, including ancient bluebell woods and meadowland, which can be enjoyed all year round. Dogs are welcome on a lead. Please note normal admission applies to enter the property and car park.