Christmas for families at The Vyne 2017

Find out what the naughty reindeer are up to on our new trail

Seize your last chance to scale our rooftop walkway and look out to see if Father Christmas has done his ‘recce’. Explorers from tiny tots to pre-teens can spot playful gingerbread men, cheeky Christmas elves and magnificent wooden reindeer on our Father Christmas and Friends family trail. Don't forget to leave your mark on The Vyne in our daily Tag-a-Tile workshops. You can also take advantage of this time of the year to escape to the wider estate on a winter woodland romp. Read on to plan your visit highlights. You’ll find key information for families if you scroll down.

Rudolph leads the way.

Father Christmas and Friends family trail

Follow this trail around the property to find wooden reindeer and cheerful elves, then ascend our exciting rooftop walkway to see if Father Christmas has made a safe landing. Suitable for tiny tots to pre-teens.

Take a peek at part of The Vyne usually reserved for Father Christmas at this time of year - our roof. You can see how we’re fixing The Vyne’s roof for generations to come. Father Christmas in particular is happy to see the chimneys aren’t crooked anymore. Find out more below:

Find out more about Tudor animals on our trail

Children’s Tudor animal trail

Deer, horses and falcons are just some of the creatures you may have seen if you’d visited The Vyne in 1535. See if you can spot the animals that played an important part in Tudor life as you explore the gardens.

Wellies splash through puddles

Winter woodland romps

Pull on your wellies hats and carves and get ready for an afternoon's romp around our woods. This online trail will help little feet to run off some steam. Suitable for ages three and above.

Key information for families

Toilets and baby changing
If you find yourself making a hasty dash, child in tow to the loo, you’ll find baby changing facilities and toilets in a block on the left, just after visitor reception, and also by our Brewhouse tea-room.

Access for pushchairs

You can get round the gardens on wide, hard gravel pathways. Do bear in mind that walkways through the woodland, wetland and parkland can be muddy. In some parts of the woodland, tree roots come across the path.

The rooftop walkway is buggy and wheelchair-friendly and lift-accessible. Due to fire safety regulations, the number of buggies and wheelchairs on the walkway is limited to three at any one time. 

As the Brewhouse tea-room is rather snug, you’ll need to leave buggies and pushchairs outside. 

In the house, we can provide slings whilst pushchairs are left in covered alcoves in the tunnel leading to the entrance. Items are left at your own risk.

Food for children

Our Brewhouse tea-room has childrens’ lunch boxes containing sandwiches, fruit, mini cheeses, yoghurts and cartons of drink. 

If you need to warm up milk, a microwave is available in the ground floor seating area of the Brewhouse.