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A family-friendly day out at Lyme

Family playing in the woodland area near the lake at Lyme Park, Cheshire
Family playing in the woodland area near the lake at Lyme Park, Cheshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Whether you're looking for rainy day indoor activities or running, skipping and jumping around Crow Wood play area, or looking for things to do with the kids there’s something to occupy all ages here at Lyme. Find out what's on offer and the details you need to plan your visit.

Planning your family visit

If you're planning a day out at Lyme with the family, here is some useful information

May Half Term

25 May – 16 June 10.30am – 4pm

Garden Guardians

This half term, learn how to be a Garden Guardian and earn your first Looking after Lyme Badge. Pick up your Guardian Guide from the Ticket Office or Lyme shops which is buzzing with activities and games for both the young and young at heart. Follow the trail for imaginative play, sensory activities

Will you…

  • Join the Bug Ball? Dress up as your favourite pollinator to join in the fun!
  • Find all the sensory bugs in the garden? Just like in real life, some are spiky, some are smooth and can be touched with care.
  • Take a Bug's Eye View? Lots of bugs come to life in spring, change your perspective to see what they’re all about.
  • Win the game of I-Spy? Use your Guardian Guide – what can you see?

The Hive

What’s the buzz in Crow Wood? Welcome to The Hive to learn all about our VIPs – Very Important Pollinators – challenge your friends and family with waggle dances, races, and pollinator games!

Hive highlights:

  • Meet the bees – Who lives in a house like this, who’s in charge?
  • Bee in the moment – close your eyes and see what you can hear.
  • Honeycomb hive – who will make all their matches first?

Bogtastic Van is back

29rd May: 9am - 4pm. No need to book - just turn up on the day.

Join Moors for the Future and the Bogtastic Van at Lyme.

The first ever 'moor in a van' – the Bogtastic mobile exhibition vehicle – travels the Peak District and South Pennines welcoming visitors to experience the sights and sounds of our iconic uplands. The van is full of interesting and exciting games, videos and interactive experiences to educate and inspire everyone about the mysterious world of blanket bogs; where bizarre plants live alongside magical animals. It’s a great way to get a hands-on understanding of the landscape on your doorstep!

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Quiet times

If you’re looking for a quieter time we would recommend visiting in the week. Weekends can by busy, but there is plenty of space at Lyme to find a calmer space. If you need help, please ask a member of the team who can guide you on the day.


Activities

Busy bee boards in the outdoors

Throughout the garden interact with the sensory pollinator-themed boards. Perfect for Baby and Toddler play or children who like to experience the world with their hands.

In the house

  • Pick up a little book of Lyme for bite-sized information around the house
  • Collect a sensory bag from the house complete with ear defenders, fidget toys, and a feelings fan available to borrow

Mini volunteers week in the house

25 May – 16 June 11am – 4pm

Over National Volunteer's Week families at Lyme can take part in self-led children's activities through the house to celebrate hand-on the contribution volunteers make to Lyme. There will be chances for clock-winding, conservation cleaning and much more.

A family walking through woodland on a path
A family on a woodland walk | © Chris Lacey

Ditch the technology, breathe in the fresh air and get closer to nature on a walk. Here are some favourite walks chosen by families which are suitable for buggys or little legs. Looking for longer or more challenging walks? Look at our top trails or just pick up a map and lose yourself in the estate.

Child enjoying the Crow Wood play area at Lyme Park, Cheshire
Visitors at Crow Wood play area, Lyme Park, Cheshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Discover Crow Wood Play Area

Let off some steam and unleash your wild ones in newly refurbished Crow Wood play area. The perfect place for younger adventurers to run, skip and slide. Get closer to nature on a walk through Crow Wood and see what you can spot on a buggy-friendly walk around the mill pond. With toilets and a café close by, you're only a hop skip and a jump from all you the facilities you need.

Rainy Day Activities

Even the best laid plans can be ruined by a sudden downpour. Never fear, we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeves with our top indoor adventures for rainy days at Lyme. From dressing up at little Leghs to playing billards in the Long Gallery, there's plenty of interactive fun indoors. Here's some ideas for your visit:

1) Dress up!

Visit the Dressing Room between 11am and 2pm to step into the shoes, bonnets and tophats of Regency England and what life was like for the people that lived at Lyme. Suitable for the whole family with children's sizes, mens sizes from XS to XXL and from women's size 6 to size 24.

2) Pick up a free Animal spotter trail in the Entrance Hall

From Ram's heads to red dragons, there are dozens of animals to spot in Lyme's house in this new family trail for 2024. See how many you can find hidden on objects, walls and ceilings throughout the house. Pick up a free trail from the entrance hall to find out about Lyme's history and see how many you can spot!

3) Play billiards in the Long Gallery

Looking for a fun and relaxing activity for the whole family? Why not try your hand at billiards in the Long Gallery at Lyme? Billiards is a classic game of skill and strategy that can be enjoyed by players of all ages and abilities.

4) Play with toys of a bygone era in the Nursery Bedroom

Look and touch in the Nursery Bedroom and play with Victorian-style toys. Who will win at dominos or get the most balls in the cup?

What's Next?

Looking for more fun and event for the whole family? Have a look at our highlights for the next few months.

50 Things to do before you're 11¾

Want your kids to run free in the fresh air and trying exciting new things? What better way to spend your day than trying new family-friendly activities from the list of '50 things to do before you’re 11¾'?

Here's just a few ideas to get you started:

  • No. 1 Get to know a tree: With so many to choose from, which will you get up close and personal to? Look out for leaf shapes, textures on the bark and tiny creatures that might live on the tree.
  • No. 12 Have fun with sticks: Let your imagination run wild. Build a den, make a trail or create your own game...they make perfect wands.
  • No. 44 Watch a bird: To be a successful bird watcher, you'll need to be as quiet as a mouse while you keep a look out for our feathered friends. What will you spot?
Two deer at Lyme Park in Cheshire with the house in the background

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