Fun for families at Standen House and Garden

Explore outdoors at Standen

Standen is the perfect location for a family day out, as there's something for everyone. Get involved with the 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 challenge, explore the garden and woodlands, or discover treasures in the house.

 

Pumpkin Rescue trail 

Follow the clues around the Kitchen Garden and see how you can make more than just a scary face out of your pumpkin. From Friday 1 Oct until Sunday 14 Nov, 10am - 4pm. 

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 explore the garden and woodlands at Standen. It’s a great place to let off steam or slow down and see what 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.

Bothy by Will Shannon in winter
Bothy by Will Shannon in winter
Bothy by Will Shannon in winter

Half term children's trails

Every school holiday there is a children’s trail at Standen, where the entire family can enjoy exploring the garden, following the map and solving the clues. For more information see Standen’s What’s On page.

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.

Enjoy your food outside with the family at Standen
Family sit outside at one of the cafe tables at Standen
Enjoy your food outside with the family at Standen

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 / 1.8603515625MB) 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.