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Activities for families at Speke Hall

Visitors exploring the Hedge Maze at Speke Hall, Liverpool
Visitors exploring the Hedge Maze at Speke Hall, Liverpool | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

There's always adventure to be had at Speke Hall, whenever you visit. Have you ever played vegetable musical instruments? Solved a mind-boggling hedge maze? Made your own woodland den? Discover the fun activities your family can enjoy here.

Handy tips for families

  • You'll find toilets and baby-changing facilities at Home Farm and in the Dairy Courtyard next to the house.
  • Home Farm restaurant offers tasty kids lunchboxes containing sandwiches, fruit, a treat and juice or water. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
  • You're welcome to bring a picnic. There's plenty of picnic tables, benches and spots to lay out a blanket. Please use the bins provided when you're finished.
  • Balance bikes and small bikes with stabilisers are allowed, but please don't bring large wheeled bikes. The paths around the gardens and grounds are too narrow.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the play areas, maze or Childe of Hale trail (except for assistance dogs).
A young girl in a witch's hat, enjoying a National Trust halloween event
A young girl in a witch's hat, enjoying a National Trust halloween event | © National Trust Images/Rob Stothard

Autumn and October half term activities

Apple Day

Saturday 21 October

Come along and get involved, pick and press apples from our Orchard, enjoy sampling the juice and learn from experts about the history and varieties of the apples at Speke Hall. Surplus apples will be donated to a range of different organisations, including food banks in Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster

Entry is free for National Trust members. Admission charges apply.

Pumpkin Patch Pantomime

Tuesday 31 October and Wednesday 1 November

Get ready for Halloween fun as Scenic Outdoor Theatre join us with a barnstorming theatrical performance for the whole family. This laugh-a-minute pantomime is an hour long outdoor family show involving all of your traditional pantomime favourites.

Tickets are available here.

Things to see and do

Explore the hedge maze

Will you find your way out of the giant hedge maze? Designed by the world’s leading expert in maze construction, Adrian Fisher, there are 12 gates, five bridges, four finger mazes, three weathervanes and a viewing platform waiting to be discovered. Treat the far-reaching view of the River Mersey from the platform as a reward.

Zoom along on the new zip wire

Get ready for a hair-raising adventure in the woodland play area with our ever popular zip wire. It's 30-feet long and offers countless hours of fun for your children.

Follow the Giant Childe of Hale trail

Begin a woodland adventure at the sculptured play trail, based on the local legend of John Middleton who was supposedly 9 feet 3 inches tall. It is even said that he slept with his feet sticking out of his bedroom window in nearby Hale village. Will you spot him on your way around? Remember to look out for giant buttons, optical illusions and some larger-than-life vegetable musical instruments that you can play. This trail is suitable for all ages and is pram friendly.

Visitors playing in the gated play area at Speke Hall, Liverpool
Visitors playing in the gated play area at Speke Hall, Liverpool | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Have fun in the gated play area

This colourful safe haven is a place for young children to play and climb to their hearts’ content. Parents and carers can take a seat here to enjoy a rest and a snack at the picnic tables overlooking the gated play area.

Go wild in the woodland play area

Let the kids go wild. Hidden away in the magical woodland, there are lots of exciting challenges for them to take on, including a wobbly wood-and-chain bridge, a hill of stepping stones and outdoor balancing obstacles. Can you make it all the way around?.

‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’

No matter the season, Speke Hall is the perfect place to see how many activities you can tick off your '50 things' list. Head into the woods to get to know a tree (No. 1), join nature's band by playing our woodland musical instruments (No. 25), or pay a visit to the Kitchen Garden's bug hotel to make friends with some creepy-crawlies (No. 31).

View of a black and white Tudor house seen through autumn trees

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