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Family-friendly things to do at Lyveden

The feet of visitors in the Kitchen Garden at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire
Autumn fun in Lyveden's orchard | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

If you're looking for somewhere where the children can let off some steam, Lyveden is the perfect place for a family day out. From spotting birds and fish on the moat to discovering what's growing in the orchard there's lots of fun to be had in the great outdoors.

Planning your family visit

Here's the information you need at a glance to make the most of your family day out at Lyveden:

  • Baby-changing facilities are located in the accessible toilet in the Manor courtyard area
  • Snacks, hot food and drinks are available from the restaurant
  • The picnic area is located by the car park
  • Most of Lyveden is accessed via grass paths. Surfaces can be uneven and slippy if wet.

Family fun at Lyveden

From getting to know a tree, to searching for wild animal clues, or discovering what's in a pond and walking barefoot, adventure awaits at Lyveden. Look out for seasonal trails and school holiday activities to keep the whole family active and outdoors year-long.

Visitors collecting apples in the orchard at Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire
Autumn family fun at Lyveden | © ©National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Autumn in the orchard

Find the recipe - family trail

Saturday 9 September to Sunday 8 October, 10am - 4pm

Get hunting in the orchard and fill in the blanks on a recipe card. Pick up the free trail sheet from our friendly visitor welcome team and start hunting.

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Apple archery

Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 and Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 September, 11am - 3.30pm

Channel your inner William Tell for this autumnal archery challenge. Using our soft archer set, you'll be challenged to knock an apple from it's perch. (£1)

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Tudor Hallowtide

Discover the traditions of a Tudor Halloween season. Experience a more natural and thoughtful way to celebrate the transition from autumn to winter by joining us for a playful exploration of our orchard.

Tudor Hallowtide - family trail

Friday 13 - Sunday 29 October, 10am - 4pm

Throughout half term we have a trail inspired by the Tudors' love of apple bobbing. Pick up a free trail sheet from our friendly visitor welcome team and start hunting for giant apples in the orchard.

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Outdoor Tuesday

Tuesday 24 October, 11am-3.30pm

Enjoy the outdoors this autumn with an activity inspired by a Tudor Hallowe'en

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Wild Hallowe'en masks

Thursday 26 October, 11am - 3.30pm

Use natural materials to create your own mask to scare off any trouble makers this Hallowe'en (£1).

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Hallowe'en storytelling with Marion Leeper

Saturday 28 October, 5.30pm

Listen to some spooky stories by the fire. The earlier performance is intended for a family audience with funny, spooky, join-in stories with the occasional jump.

Festive family fun

A family of four enjoying a walk through a wooded area on the parkland at Knole in kent
Festive family fun at Lyveden | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

'Game of goose' family trail

Friday 24 November to Monday 1 January

Discover 'the Game of Goose' - a favourite Tudor board game. Follow the trail and track down some festive family fun and take home your own board to colour in and play yourself. £2, booking not required.

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An Elizabethan Christmas - carol concert with Eboracum Baroque

Friday 24 November, 6pm

Eboracum Barqoue will delight us with their Elizabethan twist on some festive favourites. £15 (adults), £10 (children).

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Board games in the café

Saturday 25 November and 2, 9 and 16 December, 11am-3pm

Cosy up in our festive café and indulge in a favourite Tudor pastime - playing board games!

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Advent crafts

Sunday 26 November and 3, 10 and 17 December, 11am-3pm

Get crafty in the run-up to Christmas with a new Tudor Christmas-inspired craft each week. £1, booking not required.

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Spookily festive storytelling with Marion Leeper

Friday 15 December, 5pm

Indulge in a Tudor festive favourite and listen to some spooky stories by the fire. The earlier performance is intended for a family audience with funny, spooky, join-in stories with the occasional jump.

Book you tickets here

Festive birdfeeders

Thursday 28 December, 11am - 3pm

Make a mince pie... for a bird! Use some familiar ingredients to make a birdfeeder which will help keep your local birds feeling festive. £1, booking not required.

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'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

Are you ready to tick some activities off your list of '50 things to do before you're 11¾'? There are plenty of things to try at Lyveden, whatever the weather. Here are just a few to get you started:

  • No. 4 Build a den: Check out the Spinney and make yourself a den - What will your den be? A meeting place for spies, a pirate hideout or maybe a fairy castle for the night?
  • No. 7 Fly a kite: It doesn’t have to be blowing a gale – a simple box kite will take off in a breeze. Bring your own and run around the meadows and watch it fly
  • No. 31 Make friends with a bug: Look in the grass, check tree bark and look under stones to see what bugs you can find
  • No. 34 Discover wild animal clues: Can you see the tracks made by the deer and sheep? They make flattened grass paths to get to their favourite spots and you might see their hoof prints if it's muddy around the site
A view of the Elizabethan lodge at Lyveden with the sun hitting the walls and blue sky above

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