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Family-friendly things to do at Tatton Park

Man and woman pushing a pushchair down a spring garden path at Tatton Park with blossom in the foreground.
Enjoy a spring visit to Tatton Park, Cheshire | © Tatton Park

Enjoy lots of family friendly adventures this spring! Tiptoe through the spring flowers while following the ewe-nique Shaun the Sheep arts trail through the gardens, in partnership with Wild in Art.

Planning your family visit

  • Toilet facilities and baby changing you’ll find in the Stableyard (please note there are not toilets in the gardens).
  • There are garden mobility scooters available to hire from the garden entrance on the day of your visit (not available to pre-book and for use in the gardens only).
  • The adventure play area is located a short walk from the main car park, where there are some picnic benches. There is also a woodland adventure area at the Farm.
  • The Stables Restaurant is baby friendly, with highchairs and children’s lunchboxes on offer.
  • Please note that Tatton Park is a National Trust estate, managed and financed by Cheshire East Council. Parkland charges apply for everyone, including National Trust members. More details at

New for 2024: Old Hall open days. Standing in its own grounds, within the parkland beside the site of the long disappeared medieval Tatton village, the Old Hall is Tatton’s oldest surviving building. Open on selected days from 10 May, go to for more details.

Visit the farm and see all the cute lambs, piglets and chicks and hear all about them from the friendly farm staff. See Little Grey Fergie the small tractor with a big personality!

Head into the Mansion and learn more about the life of the last owner of Tatton, Maurice Egerton, with two new special exhibitions to commemorate 150 years since his birth. Little ones will love to follow the Red Lion trail through the state rooms and servants quarters.

For more information visit the Tatton Park website.

Shaun the Sheep sculpture by Tim Sutcliffe
Shaun the Sheep sculpture by Tim Sutcliffe | © Jon Scrimshaw

Shaun the Sheep: Find the Flock

Friday 29 March – Sunday 23 June

Spring into some baa-rilliant adventures in Tatton Park's colourful gardens. The supersized Shaun the Sheep sculptures have been designed and painted by artists, some inspired by the flora and fauna you'll find in our gardens from around the world.

Look out for a botanical inspired Shaun grazing near the Fernery and a blossoming Shaun framed by the Japanese garden cherry blossoms. Can ewe find them all?

Standard parkland and garden entry fees apply. £1 charge for Shaun the Sheep activity trail applies. National Trust members enjoy free entry to the gardens, but prices apply to the farm and parkland, please check before visiting.

Spring activities for the whole family

There’s plenty of ways to spend time together with the family at Tatton Park. Here’s some activities to enjoy with your little explorers.

A girl and a member of staff with a chick
Come and see the chicks in the hatchery at Tatton Park, Cheshire | © Tatton Park

See the new arrivals at the farm

Experience the wonders of nature this spring at the farm with our chicks, lambs and piglets plus all the regular farmyard favourites. Learn more about how feed was made for the animals at the mill.

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Visitors walking in the Walled Garden in autumn at Tatton Park, Cheshire
Explore the gardens at Tatton Park this spring | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Family time together

There’s plenty of ways to spend time together with the family. Here’s some activities to enjoy with your little explorers:

Play in nature

If you're a wildlife lover – why not pack your binoculars and head to the Allen Bird Hide to see what wildlife you can spot across Tatton’s Mere? Perfect for little ones, take a short, circular woodland walk in Dairy Wood Way or head to the Adventure Play area – right next to the car park.

Visit the farm

Say hello to your favourite farmyard friends and look out for piglets and new arrivals! Little ones can head indoors to the play barn for a tractor ride and meet Aunty Mary and the Miller who have tales to tell (weekends only).

A garden for all seasons

There’s 50 acres of gardens for little ones to burn off some energy. The Japanese Garden looks stunning in every season and from the Italian Garden you can take in the vistas over the parkland with the Peak District in the distance. Warm up in the Fernery and Conservatory and admire our indoor tropical fernery – it’s inviting space all year round. And if the sun is shining, there’s plenty of garden spots to enjoy a picnic with a spectacular view or head to the many picnic benches in the Stableyard and Play area.

Treat yourself

Browse the new pre-loved bookshop, full of great reads for all ages, before heading to the Stables for a full works hot chocolate. The Housekeeper’s Store is stocked full of local and artisan food, as well as Tatton Park’s own estate Venison and for the gin lovers, a new botanical gin inspired by the garden flora and fauna.

A view of the mansion at Tatton Park, Cheshire, with its colourful terraced garden in the foreground.

Discover more about Tatton Park

Tatton Park is cared for by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust. Find out more about Tatton Park and its exhibitions.

Japanese Garden at Tatton Park, Cheshire

Exploring the garden at Tatton Park 

Discover how the garden has evolved with each owner and their chosen landscape architect. View the Japanese Garden from its perimeter and walk through the Fernery and Kitchen Garden.

Pigs in the Walled Garden at Attingham Park, Shropshire

Things to do on Tatton Park's farm 

Learn about 1930s farming practices and techniques, meet traditional and endangered species of farm animals and learn where our food comes from in a unique interactive exhibition.

Red deer at Tatton Park, Cheshire

Exploring the estate at Tatton Park 

With 1,000 acres of parkland, there’s plenty to do on the Tatton Park estate. See the variety of wildlife, practise a range of outdoor activities and stop by the Old Hall.