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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

The 12 Days of Christmas trail

From Saturday 18 December 2023 - Monday 1 January 2024

Weekends only in December, then every day between 26 December and 1 January.

Can you dance, hula hoop and drum your way through the festive season?

The willow deer have been busy putting together the Christmas trail but they need your help to bring the story to life! Find each station as you explore the garden.

The trail is free with admission.

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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Find out when Newark Park is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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