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Family-friendly things to do at Anglesey Abbey

Family on a walk in front of the house at Anglesey Abbey, wearing coats and backs to the camera. The sun is shining.
Family walk at Anglesey Abbey | © Arnhel de Serra

Anglesey Abbey is full of adventures waiting to happen. Whether you want to play on the new equipment in the Woodland Play Area, build a den in the woods or climb the treehouse, there's plenty for everyone to see, do and enjoy.

May half-term 2024

ZooLab live shows

ZooLab are coming to Anglesey Abbey in May half-term. Join us for some ethical animal encounter shows and get up close to the likes of snails, snakes and spiders! Learn some more about these weird and wonderful creatures during the hands-on shows that run from 29 to 31 May.

ZooLab weird woodland trail

A spell has been cast over the woods at Anglesey Abbey, and some of the animals seem to have swapped some of their features! Embark on the weird woodland trail and on your way, you might encounter a 3-legged spider or perhaps a blue ladybird!

What will you find?

Each trail pack contains a ZooLab activity booklet and certificate. Normal admission applies plus £3 per trail.

Two children sitting on a log in front of a den in the woods at Anglesey Abbey
Den building at Anglesey Abbey | © Antonia Gray

Woodland Play Area

There's an adventure waiting for you in the Woodland Play Area. Nestled away at the end of the woodland path there's something for everyone, from the treehouse and swings to birdwatching and den building. A natural woodland, it offers you the space to have a nature-filled adventure with all the family. Head down and let your imagination run wild.

Planning your family visit

Here's the information you need at a glance to make the most of your family day out at Anglesey Abbey:

  • Baby-changing facilities are available at all toilet locations
  • Breastfeeding is welcome anywhere on site
  • Bikes and scooters are allowed for under-fives only
  • Meals and snacks can be bought from the Redwoods restaurant.
A young children cycles along a garden pathway with an adult just behind them. The child is wrapped up in a colourful striped winter coat and helmet.
A child cycling at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

Anglesey Abbey is the perfect place to have a family adventure and tick off a few of the '50 things to do before you're 11¾' at the same time. Here are a few to get you started:

  • No. 4 Build a den: In the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area you’ll find plenty of sticks and flat open space to build a den. Once you’ve built your den, crawl inside and see what you can spot from your secret hiding place

  • No. 18 Create some wild art: See what you can find on the woodland floor in the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area and let your imagine run wild. Try and find things that vary in colour in texture such as leaves, feathers, pine cones or pebbles. There's so much to choose from in the natural world – but make sure you're not making your art from another creature's home

  • No. 31 Make friends with a bug: Ladybirds, spiders, caterpillars, woodlice – there are all kinds of minibeasts hiding in the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area. Great spots for searching include under stones and wood, the branches, bark and leaves of trees and in long grass. Once you've found your bugs, remember that you're a giant compared to them, so be gentle with any that you choose to pick up. All bugs appreciate being returned to their homes after you've looked at them so put them back where you found them

  • No. 44 Watch a bird: Head to the bird hide and pond viewing platform and see what you can discover. Pick up a pair of binoculars and stay very quiet – what will you see?

Visitors in the Newmarket Corridor at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

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