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Family days out at Blickling

A family enjoy a game of badminton in the gardens at Blickling Estate
Enjoy a game of badminton in the gardens at Blickling Estate | © Gerald Peachey

Keep your little explorers busy on a family day out at Blickling with activities across the estate. Enjoy everything from the impressive grandeur of the Hall to playing hide and seek in the garden, or walks around the estate and den building in the woods.

Planning your family visit

Here's some information to help make your family day out at Blickling as easy to enjoy as possible:

  • There are plenty of buggy-friendly paths around the garden and parkland, just grab a map from visitor reception.
  • Baby changing can be found at Estate Barn in the main car park, near East Wing visitor reception and in the Farmyard area.
  • Bottles and baby food can be warmed up in our cafés.
  • We welcome breastfeeding everywhere at Blickling.
  • High chairs, activity lunch boxes, cups and water jugs are available in the Stables café.
  • If you fancy a picnic, you'll find picnic benches under and around the stretch tent in the garden, next to a big grassy space for kids to play. More can be found in the Farmyard and near the Estate Barn visitor reception at the main car park. You're welcome to bring a picnic blanket and find a spot to eat surrounded by nature.
  • You'll find new family trails or fun things to look out for in the House throughout the year.
  • In warmer months, enjoy a game of croquet out in the garden.
A family heading out into the parkland on a summer bike ride at Blickling Estate
Head out on a summer bike ride at Blickling Estate | © Gerald Peachey

What's on now at Blickling Estate?

Keep your little explorers busy on a family day out with activities across the estate.

Discover the House
The House is open daily between 11am-4pm.

Explore the Gardens
Head out into the gardens and take in the seasonal flowers as you explore.

Adventure across the estate

Discover the wider estate on two wheels Our cycle hire has a range of bikes for all the family, or you're welcome to bring your own bikes to ride across the wider estate on the multi-use trail. ! Can you spot any birds or find the pyramid mausoleum on your adventure?

If walking is more your thing, pick up a map at Visitor Welcome and let the kids lead the way as you navigate through the parkland, taking in the sights and sounds of nature as you go.

What's coming up soon at Blickling Estate?

Summer of Play

Saturday 20 July – 3 September, 10am – 4.30pm

Enjoy a summer of play at Blickling Estate, sponsored by Starling Bank. Blickling is the perfect setting for action-packed days out full of fun and adventure. Explore, move, play games, get crafty and create lasting memories.

Head into the house to see games from the collection on display, including a chess set, backgammon and mahjong. Head outside to discover stacks of possibilities to play all day – who can’t resist a family badminton match or a traditional game of croquet? Dress up and perform on the parade stage and test your balancing skills playing giant Jenga.

Take a pause to watch the Living History team bring stories from Blickling’s past to life on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and check out our activity calendar for details of when balance bikes, archery, craft activities and storytelling sessions will be available – all included within standard admission prices, no booking required. Free entry for National Trust members.

With family cycle hire options and walk routes throughout the wider estate, there’s plenty to entertain kids of all ages over multiple days this summer.

After oodles of play and adventure, enjoy a picnic under the shaded canopy of the stretch tent or head to The Stables or Muddy Boots cafés for ice-creams, refreshing drinks and light meals.

Pick-n-mix Summer of Play activities at Blickling Estate

Be inspired to play all day, then return again for more fun throughout the summer.

Children dressed up acting on a stage in the garden at Blickling Estate
Take to the stage at Blickling this summer | © Gerald Peachey

Take to the stage!

Put your acting skills to the test and dress up and perform to your friends and family on the parade stage.

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