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Family friendly things to do at Snowshill

Family Exploring the Garden at Snowshill
Family Enjoying the Garden at Snowshill Manor and Garden | © John Millar

Snowshill Manor and Garden is the perfect place to visit with the family. In the manor there is plenty to delight everyone whether its our samurai armour collection or historic toys. The garden also offers plenty for everyone. Why not pick up one of the free Garden Explorer Notebooks from Visitor Reception.

Planning your family visit

  • We have a baby changing facility near Visitor Reception.
  • We welcome breastfeeding everywhere at Snowshill Manor and Garden. If you require a private or quiet space, please speak to a member of staff onsite.
  • Buggies are welcome in the garden but please be aware that there are steps and uneven paths. We cannot accommodate buggies in the manor and you will be directed to park your buggy outside.
  • We have small formal gardens and narrow paths so please do not bring bikes or scooters and toys like balls in with you.

Upcoming Activities

May Half term

May half term is all about the blossom. Enjoy a picnic in our orchard, try your hand at some Origami in the cafe and explore the Japanese collection in the Manor - including our Samurai room. Don't miss the oppourtunity to dress up in replica costume items and put on a show at the puppet theatre.

Summer of Play

Over the Summer holidays the whole family can explore Charles Wade's collection with our passport trail. Hunt for objects from different countries and answer questions along the way. Make sure to get your passport stamped at the end. Alongside this trail we will have a variety of games in the garden including bean bag throws and giant jenga!

Things to do in the manor

Exploring the collection

Charles Wade's collection has something to intrigue everyone. From historic toys to our collection of samurai armour or theatre masks. Exploring the house and collection brings something fun round every corner. We have handling collection items around the house which can be picked up and looked at.

Dressing up

The costume collection is one of the most important parts of Wade's collection and there are replica 18th century costume items that the whole family can try on. Take a photo and tag us on social media.

Seasonal trails

During the school holidays we run seasonal trails in the manor highlighting different parts of the collection. Have a look at our events section above to see what's coming up.

Things to do in the garden

Woodland play area

Explore the natural play area with ideal for den building and a puppet theatre! Make up a story or recreate your favourite on the little stage.

Garden Explorer Notebook

Pick up your free Garden Explorers Notebook from visitor reception as you come in. Explore with a series of fun activities to get to know the Garden and Mr Wade a little bit better. There's even something fun to take home at the end.

Wolf's Cove

The whole family will delight in exploring Wade's model village; 'Wolf's Cove' is filled with miniature buildings, boats and houses

Seasonal activities

Get active and connect to nature with our fun garden activities. The perfect way to explore the garden and have some fun together as a family. Take a look at the events section above to see what's coming up.

Sensory Bags

You can hire a sensory bag for the duration of your visit from Visitor Reception. There are two bags available for hire. Each bag contains: Ear defenders, communication cards, a fidget toy, binoculars, a torch, a magnifiying glass and a finger puppet. These resources are for anyone who thinks they would aid their visit.