Half-term family adventures

Children climbing a tree in Stowe Landscape Garden Buckinghamshire

Embrace the sunshine and get outdoors for family adventures this half-term between 26 May and 3 June. Let the kids run wild with the freedom to explore, jump, climb and go hunting for bugs with the below activities which are available throughout the week whatever the weather.

Try something different - Sat 26 May

This is one of the three days of the year the gardens are closed. Take the opportunity to explore 750 acres of parkland and variety of wildlife. Bring your bikes and take the cycle route to see views of the garden from another perspective - it's lovely to stop half-way for a picnic. All of the facilities at the New Inn visitor centre will be open alongside our annual book fair. Pick up a self-led walk or try some of the below '50 Things' activities.

Wild Wednesday

Book your children onto this exciting event on 30 May from 10.30am-12pm. The Team Leader will get them planting pumpkin seeds to take home and have a go at crafts or gardening activites to help them complete one of the '50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4' - Plant it, grow it, eat it. These events are very popular, so book now to avoid disappointment. £2 per child with normal admission applying. 

Family by the lakes and Palladian Bridge at Prior Park

Play your part, free open day 

Bring the family along for FREE on Friday 1 June to see how the world famous gardens are cared for by volunteers, check out our giant tractors, get closer to nature with wildlife activities and have a go at a variety of fun tasks to try your hand at helping out.

Family explorers

Every month there’s a different theme for your family to enjoy whilst having a go at some of the '50 Things to see and do before you’re 11 ¾'. Borrow a free family explorer guide when you arrive or download it here to print and bring with you. In May it’s bug hunting and June it's summer blooms and bees. Available daily throughout the month.

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 splace to rest and find some shade

  • 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 Grotto, The Cascade (there are small nooks to sit in), Queens Temple, The Fane of Pastoral Poetry

  • You'll find seasonal items for sale in our shop if you've left something behind at home

  • Ice creams are on sale in the shop as well as the cafe, if you need a quick family 'pick me up'

Enjoying a moment of "Ahh, ice cream" on a fun day out
Two young children, a boy and girl sat with sunhats on, in the sunshine eating ice creams
Enjoying a moment of "Ahh, ice cream" on a fun day out

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Show nature you care by getting outside and getting involved