Family fun at Standen

Children building a den

Enjoy indoor and outdoor adventures, explore the house and estate then visit the cosy Barn Café for a hot drink and a bite to eat.

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 cannot be used in 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

The Little Room at Standen. A room full of toys and games for young children.

Discover the Little Room and have fun whatever the weather

Visit our Little Room above the conservatory where you'll find plenty of toys, games and activities for younger children. A great place to play when it's raining. Open daily between 11am-4pm.

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 the 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

Fuel for fun 

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 confectionery.

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 11¾

Check the list to see which of the 50 things to do before you're 11¾ activities you could do on your visit. Create some wild art or have fun with sticks - both challenges are great to do whatever the weather. The garden and woods are a great place to start your nature adventures


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.