Summer holiday adventures at Standen

This summer spend time with your family. Whether you're local to Standen and looking for days out, or you're coming to Sussex on holiday, take a look at what's on and plan your summer holiday fun.

Outdoor play

Summer holiday trail

Become a design wizard on our children’s trail and explore the garden searching for creatures in the William Morris patterns. £2 per trail with prize. Wed 24 Jul – Sun 1 Sep, 10am-3pm

This event happened in 2019 and is now finished​

Children exploring the garden
Children running across the green grass exploring the garden
Children exploring the garden


Burn off some energy on a walk around the estate discovering outdoor adventures and connecting with nature in Hollybush Woods. Why not refuel with a picnic in our picnic area too?

Poetry Trail

Explore the trail in the garden based on the William Morris poem ‘Tapestry Trees’.


Always wanted to build a den using sticks, make a mud pie or go bug hunting? Or just need to let off some steam? The plantation at the top of Standen's garden is the best place to go!  


On Rock Top Walk you can also find 'Bothy' by artist Will Shannon nestled in the trees which is a great place to stop for a rest or shelter from the rain on your big adventure. Please note that access to the Plantation and Bothy does involve steps up to the area and may not be suitable for buggies.

Bothy by Will Shannon in winter

Bothy at Standen 

Designer Will Shannon used Arts & Crafts principles of using local materials and traditional handcrafted skills to make 'Bothy'. Stop for a while as you walk round the garden to discover this small folly like space.

Family games

Enjoy fun and games on Goose Green, and play croquet in the sunshine with the family on the Croquet Lawn, then sit back and relax in a deckchair enjoying the view of the Sussex countryside.

Enjoy a game of croquet with the family this summer
Visitors playing croquet on the lawn at Standen
Enjoy a game of croquet with the family this summer

and when it's raining...

In the house

We've got plenty to discover in our Morris & Co. exhibition. Look for the Morris & Co. wallpapers and textiles as you wander through the house and also enjoy the children’s spotter trail searching for paper crafted birds.

Spot this hand-crafted paper owl in the house at Standen. Created by Mike Stamper
Hand-crafted owl made out of paper by Mike Stamper
Spot this hand-crafted paper owl in the house at Standen. Created by Mike Stamper

Create a unique artwork on our light box table in the Butler's Pantry by tracing and drawing your own William Morris inspired pattern.

Draw William Morris designs at Standen
A person tracing William Morris patterns with colour pencils
Draw William Morris designs at Standen

The Little Room, also known as the Sixpenny Room was where the Beale children whiled away those summer afternoons creating stories and playing with games. What might your imagination come up with? You’ll find the entrance to the Little Room at the back of the house, from the terrace.

Summer crafts

Bring the whole family along to Standen for a crafty day on weekends in July making William Morris inspired birds to take home. £1.50 per child, 11am-3pm

Get crafty at Standen this summer by making your own hand-printed bag. £3 per bag, Sat 10 – Sun 25 Aug, 11am-3pm

This event happened in 2019 and is now finished​

Find a good holiday read

We've plenty of kids books to browse through in the second-hand bookshop for a bit of holiday reading.


Feeling peckish?

All this fun will probably leave you quite hungry, so when those tummies start rumbling head over to Barn Café to pick up a kids lunchbox, or treat yourself to an ice-cream. Barn Café will be open between 10am and 5pm.

If you fancy eating outdoors, why not bring a picnic? The picnic area near the car park offers lovely views of the countryside, or simply put a blanket down on the lawn or Goose Green. The deckchairs on Goose Green offer a nice opportunity for an post-lunch snooze! You’ll find the toilets and baby changing facilities next to the shop, on the other side of Goose Green from the Barn Café.


And if that's not enough we've got plenty of space for running around and more...

You are very welcome to bring your dog along with you to enjoy these outdoor spaces – dogs are allowed on a short lead all around the garden apart from the kitchen garden (assistance dogs are permitted here). Please note that if you are taking part in our trail activity there may be some areas on the route that dogs are not permitted.

Family friendly

Family friendly checklist

  • Children under 5 are free
  • Baby changing facilities available
  • High-chairs available in café 
  • Half portions and lunch boxes in café
  • Picnics welcome in the picnic area near car park and around the estate
  • Please note buggies are not able to be taken into the house for conservation reasons due to narrow corridors and fragile furnishings. 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
  • Summer holiday trails and activities for all the family
  • Pocket-money gifts in our shop
  • Area for running around and den building at top of garden

Hints and tips

  • There are many different species of trees in the garden and some fascinating rocks in the Quarry Garden. They’re beautiful to look at but please don’t climb them, as they need to be cared for. Have a go at building a den in the Plantation instead.
  • The plants and flowers around the garden are very delicate so unfortunately ball games, frisbees and the use of bicycles and scooters are not permitted. However there are games to play with on Goose Green which are great fun.
  • The Rosery and Quarry Garden are very special places and some people like to be really quiet here. Please walk when you’re in these areas – there are plenty of other places that are great for running around.