Summer holiday adventures at Standen

Summer adventures for family's 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

Explore the gardens on a fun nautical trail, and discover the inspiring story of the Wrens. £2 per child with prize.

Plantation play area

Let off some steam in the Plantation, the natural play area at the top of the garden. Find the den building area to build your own den, put on a play in the base camp theatre and get lost in the higgledy-piggledy fence.  Please note that access to the Plantation does involve some steps.

and when it's raining...

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.

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.


Discover 'Bothy' by artist Will Shannon. Perched atop sandstone rocks this small brick and wood built structure is the perfect spot to take a rest during your explorations.

Bothy by Will Shannon in winter

Bothy at Standen 

Designer Will Shannon uses 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.

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 carpark 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

We’d love to see how you get on with your summer adventures, so use the hashtag #standenholidayfun to show us what you get up to! To help you plan your trip around Standen, you could download our 50 things challenge before you come. Standen 50 things challenge (PDF / 0.9MB) download

Family friendly checklist

  • Children under 5 are free
  • Single and multiple adult family memberships available
  • Baby changing facilities available
  • Half portions and lunch boxes in café
  • High-chairs available in cafe
  • Picnics welcome in the picnic area and around the estate
  • Childrens' activities available all year-round
  • Pocket-money gifts in our shop
  • Designated outdoor play area

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.