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

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 as you play and have fun on your family adventure. 

The garden, parkland, cafe and shop at Stowe are open. We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends, school holidays and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking isn't always necessary.

Leap into an outdoor adventure at Stowe
A girl leaps on a  tree placed as a balance beam, her two sits balancing behind her with their father holding the youngest's hand to help.
Leap into an outdoor adventure at Stowe

May half-term at Stowe

Tremendous Trees trail

22 May - 13 June (while stocks last), 10am-5pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Become a tree detective as you take a nature adventure around the garden. Identify the eight trees on our Tremendous Trees trail to work out the secret word and earn your chocolate (or allergen free) treat! 

Trail packs cost £1.50 and include your trail sheet and pencil. You can pick up and pay for your trail pack at the shop when you arrive. Every penny helps us look after this special place. 

Come and see what you can spot while exploring
Boy with a magnifying glass looking at a tree
Come and see what you can spot while exploring

Bikes

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.

 

'50 things' - spring favourites

There are 37 of the '50 things' at Stowe to kick start your family's adventure. You can pick up the pace, running in acres of space or take your chances swinging from the branches of our trees.

  1. No.44 Go bird watching – spot Swans, Robins, Lapwings, Mallard ducks, Greylag geese, Blue tits sweeping across the lakes 
  2. No.35 Discover what's in a pond. With ponds dotted down Bell Gate Drive and in the Lamport Garden, you'll find some speckled friends in the water
  3. No.31 Make friends with a bug – a whole universe is waiting for discovery hidden amongst the garden growth, lift a log or stone and find lots of creepy crawlies
  4. No.1 Get to know a tree - with several mystical trees that are hollowed out in the gardens, venture inside to get up close with nature

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 with '50 things to do before you're 11¾'.

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