Family fun at Stourhead

Family exploring the garden at Stourhead, Wiltshire

There is always something at Stourhead to help you spend time together as a family.

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This autumn, be inspired to create your own natural art, discover wild animal signs, find fantastic fungi and even more as we call all young adventurers to join our '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' challenge. How will many will you complete? Look out for our hidden extra challenges on your way.  

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

Family friendly checklist 

  • Free entry for under 5s.
  • Baby-changing facilities.
  • Buggy friendly paths around the garden.
  • Balls, bikes, frisbees, skateboards and scooters aren't allowed in the garden, so please leave these at home.
  • Pocket money gifts and children's books available in the shop. There are children's books in our second-hand bookshop, too.

50 Things at Stourhead

From wild art to cloud watching there are heaps of activities on the '50 things to do before you're 11¾' list to keep you busy at Stourhead.

Go on a woodland adventure

Spot woodland wildlife 

Woodlands are magical places full of fascinating wildlife. If you're on a woodland adventure look up, look down and all around. Squirrels, blackbirds, slugs and woodpeckers are just some of the creatures you might spot. Use this guide to identify what you see.

Ways to connect to nature

Ways to have a mini-adventure 

From collecting fallen petals, feathers and leaves to feeling lots of different textures, there are lots of ways to have a mini-adventure in nature. This activity sheet will show you how to create a journey stick with the things you find on your walk. You could also have a go at leaf rubbing and writing a nature diary.