Fun for families at Stowe

Get the kids outdoors with acres of space to run and stretch their legs. Adventures await your family with so much to discover whatever their age. We want you to leave your worries at the garden gate, forget you’re a grown up and set off hand in hand with your children into a dream world of monumentally sized gardens.

Family adventures

Escape the home schooling and re-wild the children at Stowe when you get outdoors, away from the tech and tune into nature. The gardens and park provide the ultimate backdrop for igniting imaginations, explore a world of lakes, magical woods, ginormous temples and twisted trees on your daily exercise. 

In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Stowe are open for local visitors to access for walks. Please stay local and book your visit in advance. 

A child splashing in the puddles at Stowe, Buckinghamshire
A child splashing in the puddles at Stowe, Buckinghamshire
A child splashing in the puddles at Stowe, Buckinghamshire


We'd love for you to cycle to Stowe, please lock bikes up in the spaces provided in the car park. You need to be on foot patrol in the gardens so you don't miss anything. Small scooters and balance bikes can be taken into the gardens. We kindly ask that bikes with pedals don't go in the gardens.


Weather experts

Here are our top tips for embracing the outdoors whatever the weather at Stowe.

  • When the sun is shining, you'll find the wooded areas and temples a good place to rest and find some shade

  • We recommend good footwear, especially wellies in the winter, as the gardens can get muddy in places

  • The gardens are large. For fun days out with smiling kids at the end, bring sunhats, sun cream and bottles of water to stay hydrated. Plan a route to decide how far you'll go and choose rest stops along the way

  • To dodge rain showers, use the temples as shelters

  • Temples with shelter, some benches or to use for picnic spots are: The Lake Pavilions, Concord and Victory, Ancient Virtue, The Cascade (there are small nooks to sit in), Hermitage, The Fane of Pastoral Poetry

50 things girl making daisy chain

50 things springtime adventures 

Spring is a great time to run wild in the fresh air and try some of our top family-friendly adventures. From racing snails, to bringing up butterflies, there’s a lot to discover at this time of year.

We know not everyone can visit us right now so we have put together lots of ideas to help you have fun as a family at home. From downloadable activity packs to home baking and craft - you won't be short of things to do this winter.

Get creative

In your garden