Skip to content

Family-friendly things to do at Oxburgh Estate

Two boys hiding in a den wearing Easter Trail hats and looking over at each other spring time
Family adventures at Oxburgh Estate | © Anna purna Mellor

Whether you're building a den, becoming a nature explorer or searching for secret doorways, Oxburgh has plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Planning your family visit

  • Baby-changing facilities are available on site.
  • There are plenty of buggy-friendly paths around the outdoors, a site map is available from the Information Hut.
  • Due to the size of the state rooms within Oxburgh Hall, we ask that buggies are left outside the hall entrance and are not taken inside.

Activity sheets for children

We have created a variety of activity sheets for children to support your day out at Oxburgh. Please visit the Information Hut to see what is available on the day of your visit.

Natural play area

Created from a 17th-century wood and 18th-century pasture and fenland, Home Covert is a great place for a family walk, to build a den or spot wildlife.

Look out for the remains of an 18th-century brick kiln and ancient oak trees, and let your imagination run wild.  

Kitchen garden and orchard

A garden of two halves, the walled garden is where you’ll find the orchard and kitchen garden, which would have originally supplied the resident family. See if you can spot the courgettes, pumpkins, rhubarb, tomatoes, and salad crops that are still grown for visitors to enjoy in the tea-room.

Within the orchard you’ll find fruit trees from around East Anglia, including heritage varieties from Norfolk. How many different varieties of apple you can spot?

Dress up and learn in the Gun Room

Learn about our epic roof restoration project in the Gun Room where you can dress up as a builder and build your very own Oxburgh Estate.

You can also make friends with a death watch beetle and hear the noise that gives them their name.

School holiday fun!

Our school holiday activities are great fun for all ages. Please visit the ‘Things to see and do’ page for full details of our offer.

‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’

Become an explorer any day of the week as you take a walk around the estate. How many items can you tick off your '50 things' list at Oxburgh? We've a few ideas to get you started.

  • No. 4 Build a den: Explore the woodland at Oxburgh Estate, where you’ll find plenty of sticks for building your den. Be creative with your construction. Once it’s up, crawl in and have fun
  • No. 19 Play Pooh sticks: The River Gadder flows through My Lady’s Wood, which is where you’ll find several wooden bridges, all of which make an ideal spot to challenge a sibling to this timeless game
  • No. 31 Make friends with a bug: Ladybirds, spiders, caterpillars, woodlice – there are all kinds of mini-beasts hiding at the places we look after. See how many you can find.

Staying safe

Please note that Oxburgh Estate is a moated property and extra care is needed around this body of water.

A child in wellies jumps in a muddy puddle.
Building a woodland den | © National Trust Images / Chris Lacey
Family having a picnic in the garden at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

Discover more at Oxburgh Estate

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

You might also be interested in...

Visitors exploring the Library at Oxburgh Hall Norfolk

Visit the hall at Oxburgh 

Oxburgh has been home to the Bedingfelds for more than 500 years, and they still live within private apartments at Oxburgh today. Discover what you might see on your visit.

a low to ground image of snowdrops in flower and snowdrops yet to flower beneath an ancient tree at Oxburgh Estate in Norfolk

Discover the garden at Oxburgh Estate 

Wander around the parterre, discover what’s in season in the walled garden and explore the less formal areas, including the Wilderness and My Lady’s Wood on your visit to Oxburgh.

Children enjoying hot drinks outside at Attingham Park, Shropshire.

Eating and shopping at Oxburgh Estate 

Enjoy something to eat and drink in the newly refurbished Servants' Hall tea-room or the Pantry café during your visit. You'll also find a shop and the Potting Shed second-hand bookshop.

A man and child explore the ruins of Fountains Abbey. The man is holding the little girl as they look up at the stone walls of the abbey.

Family-friendly places to visit 

There are lots of things to do when you visit one of our family-friendly places. Find inspiration for days out and discover a range of activities for everyone.

A mother helps a young child climb over a fallen log in the parkland, on a bright, wintry day.

‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ 

Fancy running free in the fresh air, learning new skills and trying new things? Grab your gear and start your adventure.

Family day out on the beach in winter

Family-friendly places in Norfolk 

Plan your next adventure with the family around Norfolk, with colourful gardens, winding walks and nature trails for you all to enjoy.