Family-friendly things to do at Tatton Park
We’ll soon be springing into Easter with lots of family friendly adventures. This spring, the gardens will be hosting a ewe-nique Shaun the Sheep arts trail in partnership with Wild in Art.
Visit the gardens, farm, and mansion over Easter weekend 29 March – 1 April for your chocolate treat reward. As well as additional storytelling in the gardens, free craft, and a pop-up Easter market selling artisan food and drink.
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 tattonpark.org.uk.
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. Small 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 tattonpark.org.uk before visiting.
Easter 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.
Little Grey Fergie and friends at the Farm, 29 March–14 April
Meet YouTube sensation, Little Grey Fergie! He’s a small tractor with a big character and heart. The Farm is Fergie’s home for 2024 and he’s bringing along friends, Clunky and Farmer George. Join us for plenty of Fergie fun, games, and photo opportunities as well as meeting new-born chicks and lambs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.