Summer family adventures at Uppark

Nestled in the heart of the South Downs, Uppark is a perfect place for families to enjoy a relaxing day out. We have great family trails inside and outside as well as plenty of space to stretch your legs in the South Meadow.

Summer holidays architecture trail

Saturday 20 July - Sunday 8 September, 10am-4pm

Solve the clues on our family trail to bring Uppark’s architecture to life. Learn fascinating facts as you spot, draw and stretch your imagination while exploring the grounds.

It will take all the family to complete the trail, so just ask the team at the Golden Gate kiosk for a copy when you arrive and get exploring. 

Trail cost £1 per child.

Summer fun on a family trail
A family following a trail through National Trust grounds on a sunny day
Summer fun on a family trail

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Pick up one of our '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' booklets this summer and see how many you can complete. Our south meadow is perfect for families. Set yourselves up with a picnic and get exploring; you’ll be able to bird spot from there as well as finding the perfect kite-flying conditions.

Kite flying
Child flying a kite
Kite flying

Picnics at Uppark

You're welcome to bring your own food to enjoy as a picnic in the south meadow and take in the views across the South Downs. We've got a chest of lawn games for you to borrow too so you can make the most of your day.

If you fancy something extra then why not pick up snacks, cakes and ice cream to go from the café and take it out into the gardens to enjoy? We would suggest the wide glade behind the East Pavilion if you’re looking for some shade.

Enjoying a family picnic
Enjoying a picnic
Enjoying a family picnic

With a tempting selection of cakes and bakes, sandwiches and drinks in disposable cups, these are perfect to pick up and enjoy on the go or for a picnic with friends and family. 

There are also some delightful treats in the shop and if you've not got a rug to relax then you can always purchase your own from the shop.

Please do remember to pick up any litter once you've finished and take it home. 

Family membership

With family membership you can enjoy great adventures at many National Trust places and free car parking at countryside sites. Both 1 and 2 adult family memberships available - just ask at reception.  

Family friendly checklist

  • Children under 5 go free.
  • Baby-changing facilities in access friendly toilets.
  • Pushchairs admitted around the grounds and in all catering outlets, though not in the house due to space restrictions.
  • Hip-carrying infant seats available for loan in the house.
  • Children’s menu available in the café including a pick’n’mix lunch box; ice creams are also available here. 
  • Highchairs available in the café.
  • Picnic spaces around the grounds as well as picnic benches by the East Lawn.
  • Great family gifts and books available in the shop.