Fun at The Firs this February

Brothers with Elgar Statue

Bring along your Family to The Firs this February and find out more about Elgar’s family. Search inside and out for family photos and learn some fun facts along the way. When Edward was a little boy here the home was full of family members coming and going along with their pony, Jack. Chat with your family and maybe find out some fun facts about them too.

Outdoor games

Take a trip back in time and come and try your hand at our Victorian garden games.  Traditional games like croquet, skipping, horseshoes or dominoes are fun for all the family.  During your visit this winter you might all find a new favourite game even better than Fortnite. 

Sound Garden

Like Elgar we believe that music is in the air and you simply take as much as you require. With our wooden musical instruments, in the sound garden, you can prove Elgar right.  Why not give each instrument a whirl or get your family and friends to join your band?  We have the instruments, just add your imagination.

Wrap up warm and make some noise outside
Girl playing on the wooden xylophone in the sound garden
Wrap up warm and make some noise outside

Elgar’s Piano

A favorite pastime for Victorian families was a good ole’ singsong around the piano. With Elgar’s very own piano on display in the Carice room for you to play, why not bring your own family along to try it out.  If it’s either three blind mice or Salut d’amour, we love to hear the music and laughter coming from the piano.     

Seeing how a piano works inside and out
Boy playing the Anatomy of the Piano
Seeing how a piano works inside and out

Woodland area

Take some time away from the hustle and bustle and relax in our woodland sitting circle and listen to the sounds of the countryside with swaying tree branches and chirping birds. The woodland is great for little outdoor explorers.

Our Gardener, Dawne, and House Steward, Joe, have created a Hedgehog house in our mini woodland with recycled furniture and a covering of foliage and logs to create an inviting home for our spiky visitors.

Hedgehog house built by Gardener Dawne
Hedgehog house built by Gardener Dawne
Hedgehog house built by Gardener Dawne

Watch the birds

Quietly watch the birds feeding on our bird table and spot the feeders hanging in the trees in the orchard. You’re likely to see Blue Tits, Great Tits and Chaffinches and, if you’re really lucky, the green and the greater spotted woodpeckers might make an appearance. Pick up a spotter sheet from reception to tick off what you see.

Bird Feeder at The Firs
Bird Feeder at The Firs
Bird Feeder at The Firs