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Family-friendly things to do at Anglesey Abbey

Three children building a den with big logs and sticks at Anglesey Abbey
Den building at Anglesey Abbey | © Mike Selby

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.

ZooLab's 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 and wonderful woodland trail and on your way, you might encounter a frog with tarantula legs, or perhaps a spider with the body of a snake!

What will you find?

Each trail pack contains a ZooLab activity booklet and certificate. Normal admission applies plus £3 per trail. The trail will continue beyond May half-term.

Father's Day Weekend

Get ready for some axe-throwing at Anglesey Abbey! Enjoy some time together, some tasty food and try out your axe throwing skills before a walk through the gardens.

Visitors taking part in gardening activities in the kitchen garden at Osterley Park, London
Under 5's gardening club | © National Trust Images/Rob Stothard

Little gardeners' club

Brand-new for this season, we will be hosting an Under 5’s Gardening Club, starting up from 3rd June on weekdays in the Orchard. Enjoy some sensory garden play, do some digging and make some new friends. It's free to participate and will be a self-led activity so bring your little ones along.

Summer holidays

Get ready for an action-packed Summer of Play at Anglesey Abbey from 20 July to 1 September, sponsored by Starling Bank. See who has the best dance moves in the disco den, curl up with a story from the book nook and jump some hurdles in the games zone. Make sure you check out the lawn games and water play in the creative corner on East Lawn and don’t miss the trundle track in a special area for under-5s.

As well as these activities, there will be a story time session every Monday, a lunchtime disco every Wednesday and bubble shows or craft activities each Friday throughout the summer holidays. These activities are free for all to enjoy, normal admission applies. For more details, head to our upcoming events page.

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.

Two young people playing in the woodland play area, building a den. Orange and yellow ribbons are streaming through the leafy trees.
Summer of Play woodland area | © James Dobson

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.

'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?

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