Explore The Workhouse as a family this February half term

A girl weighs out potatoes on a victorian scale

This half term there’s plenty to see and do for all the family. Why not explore The Workhouse kitchen garden, get involved in children’s trails and games or we can help you get creative with '50 things to do before you're 11¾.' The Workhouse is a great property to explore with plenty of indoor adventures that won’t be ruined by a downpour!

Workhouse Live 

Wednesday 19 February, 12-4pm, Free

During the holidays you will find inmates carrying out their daily jobs throughout The Workhouse. Go back to school at The Workhouse but don't even think about misbehaving! Education played an important part in pauper children's lives, discover how this prepared them for life outside the institution.

Annette Hambidge, costumed volunteer, dressed as matron
Costumed volunteer dressed as matron
Annette Hambidge, costumed volunteer, dressed as matron

Dressing up

Over the half term there's opportunities to dress up as pauper boys and girls in specially recreated costumes. You can find these in the schoolroom. Why not get your photo taken whilst writing on slate in your best copperplate writing and share it with us on social media?  

Dressing up at The Workhouse
Pauper victorian clothes for children on a wall
Dressing up at The Workhouse

Family friendly spring trails

From Saturday 8 February and throughout the holidays, Free

Our spring wildlife trail is an opportunity to explore The Workhouse kitchen garden and discover the seasonal wildlife as you complete the activities around the site. 

Why not venture into the picturesque town of Southwell and take part in the 'Do it Different' Southwell Shop and Arts Trail? The trail features work by learning disabled artists (including Flower Pod, MenCap Nottinghamshire, Minster View and Caudwell House) of the 'Do it Different' project. Pick up a passport from The Workhouse visitor reception shop or other various Southwell shops, library, tourist information centre before following the trail and collecting your stamps and badge.

Friday 50 things to do before you're 11 & ¾

Friday 21 February, 12-4pm, Free 

No 43. Help a wild animal. Get your kids closer to nature and help our birds by making a pine cone bird feeder to take home to your garden (suggested donation £3.)

Visit our 'What’s on' page for full details of all the events taking place. Don’t forget to share your adventures with us on The Workhouse’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

All activities require grounds admission unless otherwise stated. National Trust members receive free house and grounds admission at The Workhouse.