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Family-friendly things to do at Newark Park

The woodland play area at Newark Park
The woodland play area at Newark Park | © James Dobson

There's plenty for families to enjoy throughout the seasons in the garden at Newark Park. Take in the seasonal blooms, explore the woodland play area and have an adventure.

Family-friendly events

Enjoy seasonal walks and adventures in nature at Newark Park


Til end of May 2024

Have fun spotting the signs of spring around the garden at Newark.

Pick up a free activity sheet from visitor reception on arrival.

Animal Spotters trail

Til end of May 2024

Animals have played a big part in Newark's history, from its roots as an ancient deer park to Bob Parson's pet Great Danes. Pick up a free leaflet from the entrance hall and see if you can spot all the animals inside the house.

May half term

From 25 May to 2 June

There's plenty to get the creative juices flowing at Newark Park.

Get creative by using one of the art boxes - dotted around the garden, get inspired by the views and create a work of art to take home.

Chat to artist Chris Beckett who will be on site on the 21, 22, 23, 25, 26 and 27 May.

Enjoy some classic lawn games.

Family-friendly things to do in the garden

Nature explorers can discover wild animal carvings in the woodland play area. The animal carvings were designed specially for Newark and feature a number of wild animals to spot including an owl, mice and deer.

Courageous adventurers can traverse the folly play area, the crinkle-crankle steps, and peek behind the fairy doors.

In the warmer months, visitors can try their hand at croquet; a set and instructions on how to play will be available on the croquet lawn, by the tea pavilion.

A family at the south front of Newark Park, Gloucestershire
There's lots to explore at Newark Park | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Family-friendly things to do in the house

On the first floor of Newark house you’ll find dressing up in the Buff Bedroom where you can style yourself as a Tudor lord or lady.

There are also seasonal trails inside the house.

Planning your visit to the house

Unfortunately dogs and pushchairs are not allowed inside the house in order to protect the historic floors.

Fox sculpture at Newark Park, Gloucestershire
Fox carving in the woodland play area | © National Trust Images/Hilary Daniel

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

Here are some of our favourite '50 things' you can do at Newark:

An adult and children outside the south front of Newark Park, Gloucestershire

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