Winter fun for families

Children playing in the garden in winter at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire

Do you and your family need to let off some steam this winter? Wrap up warm, pop on your wellies and start a wintery adventure. Pick up a copy of our new Winter Activity booklet and see what Sudbury surprises you can find...

Head outside with your family and be inspired by nature. Pick up a copy of our Winter Activity booklet from the gift shop and see how many activities you can tick off.

Whether it’s at Sudbury or in your own back garden, there’s plenty of inspiration in our Winter Activity booklet. We've put together a jam packed guide of some of the best things to see and do here at Sudbury including games, puzzles, recipes and lots more. And if that's not enough to keep little one's busy, there's also plenty to tick off our '50 things to do before you're 11¾' list, see below for a head-start! 

No.1 Get to know a tree. The leaves may have fallen from the branches but our ancient trees are still tree-mendous! See if you can spot our Cedar of Lebanon, it's one of the oldest trees in the country.

Sudbury Hall

No.6  Go welly wandering. This activity doesn't need any special instructions - put on your wellies and soak up the watery fun! 

Go welly wandering
Visitors with umbrellas in the garden at Bateman's, East Sussex.
Go welly wandering

No.15 Go on a wintry adventure. When it's cold and frosty why not go for a winter walk? Listen to the crunch of your footsteps on the frosty ground, see what icy shapes you can spot and if it's cold enough, watch out for your icy breath! 

Get active and follow the trail around Sudbury
Girl with parents doing a trail around the grounds at Sudbury Hall
Get active and follow the trail around Sudbury

No.18 Create some wild art. If you're lucky enough to drop in on a day when we're doing some wild art activites then you can get stuck right in. If not, why not try collecting some bits and bobs from nature like interesting shaped twigs that you can take home to turn into a masterpiece?

Forage for twigs and pine cones
Child holding twigs and pine cones
Forage for twigs and pine cones

No.30 Go on a scavenger hunt. The grounds of Sudbury are perfect for solo adventurers, or groups big and small - a winter scavenger hunt is a great way to test your seeking skills in the wild. Lots of wild treasures are waiting to be discovered at Sudbury!

Snow makes a walk so much fun
Toddler standing in snow
Snow makes a walk so much fun

No.49 Watch the sunset. Take your seat for nature's show. The best place to watch the sunset at Sudbury is in the gardens overlooking the lake. Watch the sky change to shades of orange, pink and red, can you see the reflection in the lake?

Starlings taking to the sky over Sudbury lake
A starling murmuration over Sudbury lake
Starlings taking to the sky over Sudbury lake

If you're visiting other National Trust properties make sure you check out the '50 things' full activity list to see what else you can do.