Visiting The Vyne with your family

Two children looking for wildlife in fallen tree trun

The lush green countryside at The Vyne provides a backdrop for some quality time together this May half-term. You’ll need to book a timed entry slot online beforehand and you’re welcome to bring along a picnic. You’ll find a full menu available in the Brewhouse tea-room serving hot food and there's a shop for you to browse.

Graham the Gardener trail 

For simple gardening know-how, which you can put to use back home, this activity has different options to suit very little children as well as older ones, as they explore the gardens and lakeside. 

Simply collect your £3 Graham the Gardener activity bag from Visitor Reception and follow the garden map provided to find 10 activity points and discover how the team garden for wildlife. You should also know the activity bag contains a scrummy chocolate prize.

Reflections on the surface of The Vyne's lake mirror the informal landscape of a sprawling garden.
A view of the lake in summer at The Vyne.
Reflections on the surface of The Vyne's lake mirror the informal landscape of a sprawling garden.

Useful information for a fuss-free day out

Toilets and baby changing
These are on your left after you get through visitor reception and by the Brewhouse tea-room.

Access for pushchairs
The gardens have hard gravel pathways, just bear in mind the dirt tracks through the wider estate can get muddy. Also in some parts of the woods, tree roots cross the path, and to get from the gardens into the wetlands, you need to go down some steps so you might prefer to use a child carrier if you’re planning on going further afield.

Because the Brewhouse tearoom is a bit snug, you’ll need to leave your buggy or pushchair outside. In the house, we’ve got slings for you to carry small children in. Again, you’ll need to leave your buggy or pushchair outside and any items such as bags are left at your own risk.

Picnic areas
On dry sunny days, the north lawn by the lake is a particularly popular spot. We’ve also got benches between the north lawn and the bird hide and dotted around the site.

Food for children
The Brewhouse tea-room has childrens’ lunch boxes which have sandwiches, wraps, small vegetable bags, fruit, mini cheeses and cartons of drink in them. If you need to warm up milk, there’s a microwave in the ground floor seating area.

Play area
Currently we have a natural play area for very young children just off the Lime Avenue.

Bear in mind that the house, shop, tea-room and children’s play areas are just for humans and guide dogs. That said, wagging tails are welcome in the gardens and out on the estate. 

Lovable as they are, it’s good to remember not everyone feels comfortable around dogs and while your four-legged friend certainly needs exercise, The Vyne isn’t the place for this. We ask that you keep your dog on a short lead throughout your visit and use the bins provided.

This way everyone can enjoy their visit and wildlife can thrive. Thanks for your cooperation.

Ball games, Frisbees, scooters, bikes and drones
Unfortunately we can’t have these on the estate because in the past they’ve caused damage to the house and grounds. Instead, you can pitch your child’s expectations in advance and line up an alternative activity such as a trail or woodland walk. Thanks for your understanding.