Family fun

A family plays in the autumn leaves at Castle Ward, Co. Down

Stourhead is the perfect place to run around and explore as a family. There’s something different to do every time you visit, especially as the seasons change.

Being a landscape garden there are plenty of places to play games like hide and seek, but there is so much more that Stourhead has to offer whatever the weather.

Adventure lanyards

These are packed full of activiites and things to spot and do all around the property this half-term so pick one up and start your adventure. Throughout the year you can use them to venture deeper into the history of Stourhead, how the family became wealthy and afforded to create Stourhead. 

Thereare new activities in the adventure lanyards about how the design for the garden was originally inspired by lots of different paintings that you can still find in the house today. The family who made it tried to think more like artists, giving careful consideration to colour, texture and layout. That’s why so many people say that Stourhead looks like a living work of art.

50 things

A range of the National Trust’s 50 things activities can be ticked off throughout the seaon, including run around in the rain, and catch a falling leaf. These scrapbooks can be picked up from visitor reception. Some of the activities that can be completed at Stourhead are explore inside a cave, build a den, roll down a really big hill, track wild animals and go bird watching so there's plenty or challenges and fun to be had.

Stamps for completing any of the 50 things can be collected at visitor reception.

Story leaf trail

New for autumn is our story leaf trial, so find and follow the leaf shapes, and enjoy the story and illustrations as you enjoy your adventure around the property. 

There’s loads of fun to be had already, so leave the balls and bikes at home (these aren’t allowed in the garden as the paths and lake aren't suitable for them – sorry) and have fun exploring Stourhead as a family.