Winter family fun at The Vyne

A photo of a girl on a countryside walk

Young adventurers can dive into the outdoors at The Vyne. This article will help you plan a family day out with recommended adventures and useful tips to help you get the most out of your visit.

The lake at The Vyne

The Lost Tapestries

On this family trail running until 30 September, help recover and fit together jigsaw pieces of oriental tapestries hidden in nooks and crannies across the grounds. Pick up your trail sheet at visitor reception.

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 at The Vyne in 1535. See if you can spot the animals that played an important part in Tudor life.

A girl enjoys geocaching in the great outdoors

Tudor geocaching challenge

Intrepid explorers can download the Geocaching® app from before casting themselves back to the sixteenth century with our Tudor-themed geocaches.


Useful to know:

Unfortunately ball games, Frisbees, bikes, scooters and drones aren't allowed on the estate. This is to prevent further damage to the house and grounds. 

Don’t worry, there’s still fun instore with our 50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾. Some activities are listed in the article below. If you really want to let off steam, venture out into Morgaston Woods where wild play can fire young imaginations.

A girl in red trousers splashing in a puddle

Winter 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ at The Vyne

From bird watching to the all-important game of pooh sticks, The Vyne is the perfect place to try some of our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.


When it’s raining

Pack your woollies, waterproofs wellies; even if you’re not going for a walk outside, remember it’s a ten minute walk up to the house from Visitor Reception.

Indoor places
Visitor Reception will be able to provide you with any tickets needed to go inside the house. If it’s particularly wet outside, you might be asked to wear blue plastic shoe covers as you enter the house. This is to help protect the historic interiors. You can also pop into the cosy Brewhouse tearoom for hot drinks and snacks.

Outdoor places
If you want to embrace the wet weather, there are a range of waymarked paths leading through Morgaston Woods for you to explore. Remember, the water level in the lake rises when it rains. This is perfect for a game of pooh sticks. And if you’re feeling particularly ‘Ray Mears’ you can get stuck in building yourself a den amongst the trees.

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.

A woman giving a stuffed teddy to her child in a pushchair

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.

As the Brewhouse tearoom 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, wraps, small vegetable bags, fruit, mini cheeses and cartons of drink. 

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


Although the house, shop, tea-room and children’s play area are just for humans and guide dogs there are plenty of walks for you and your canine companion to do together. 

So that everyone can enjoy their visit to The Vyne, we ask that you please keep your dog on the lead at all times and use the bins provided.

Dogs on a lead are welcome.
A picture of a brown and white dog.
Dogs on a lead are welcome.