May half-term at The Vyne

Two children looking for wildlife in fallen tree trun

This May half-term at The Vyne, all ages can enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor adventures. Out in the fresh air, families can learn about nature conservation in A day in the life of Ranger Rabbit, hunt for wildlife-themed geocaches in Geocaching in Nature and stimulate young minds with bite-size history and engineering on the Fallen bridge trail. In the house, look out for Victorian tales on the 'What's the story?' trail.

Learn how our rangers look after a range of habitats at The Vyne.

A day in the life of Ranger Rabbit

Join Ranger Rabbit on his adventures at The Vyne this Spring and find out what our rangers get up to in the grounds, wetlands and woodlands. You'll find trail sheets at Visitor Reception.

A girl enjoys geocaching in the great outdoors

Geocaching in Nature

On this adventure in ancient woodland you'll learn about the wildlife your visit is supporting and the importance of looking after natural habitats.

Keen eyes can look out for the remains of a Victorian bridge that The Vyne is looking to rebuild.

Follow the Fallen bridge trail

Combining history with engineering, find out how you can help us rebuild a long lost bridge. Built in Victorian times, the bridge collapsed in a storm in 1986. Suggested donation £1. Normal admission applies.

Discover the tales that Victorian children would have known.

House trail: What's the story?

Following the conservation of 2500 historic books in the library, young adventurers can hunt for Victorian adventure stories hidden in the house. Collect your trail sheet from Visitor Reception and see which tales you recognise.

Visitors in the bird hide at The Vyne

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

From bird watching to geocaching 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.

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.

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

In the house, we can provide slings so you can carry your child. Pushchairs need to be left outside and items are left at your own risk.

Picnic areas
On dry sunny days, the best place to picnic is on our north lawn by the lake. We’ve also got benches between the north lawn and the bird hide, and dotted around the site.

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.

Play area
Adventurers under the age of 10 can explore the Hidden Realm behind the shop.

Although the house, shop, tea-room and children’s play areas 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.

Useful to know

Ball games, Frisbees, scooters, bikes and drones
Unfortunately ball games, Frisbees, bikes, scooters and drones are not allowed on the estate. This is to prevent further damage to the house and grounds.