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Family-friendly things to do at Ormesby Hall

Three children sat on sofa reading in second hand bookshop at Ormesby Hall
Children enjoying reading books in the second hand bookshop at Ormesby Hall | © Joanne Crawford

There’s lots to keep the family entertained at Ormesby Hall, whatever the season. Go wild in the natural play area, stop by the model railway layouts and enjoy imaginative play.

Planning your family visit

  • You'll find toilets and baby-changing facilities in the house and in the courtyard
  • The cafe offers tasty kids lunchboxes containing sandwiches, fruit, a treat and juice or water. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and highchairs.
  • You're welcome to bring a picnic. There's picnic tables, benches and spots to lay out a blanket.
  • Pushchairs or prams are not allowed in the house, so please leave them at the designated undercover shelter
  • Hip-carrying infant seats available for loan in the house
  • Children's books in the second-hand bookshop.
  • Bikes and balls are not allowed onsite
  • There is a pond in the orchard

Musical Mayhem at Ormesby Hall

Join us at Ormesby Hall for a music inspired May half term.

Get musical at Ormesby Hall and discover the different music zones through the house and garden. You can sing, play instruments, compose, listen to and be inspired, from playing with junkyard music on the field to getting loud in the laundry and more musical fun to be had this half term.

Normal admission applies to visit during half term and to enjoy the activities. No booking is required.

Musical Mayhem is on at Ormesby daily between Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June 2024 from 10.30am – 4pm with last entry at 3pm.

Follow the link to find out more about our activities at Ormesby Hall: What's on at Ormesby Hall

Young family enjoying the garden at Ormesby Hall during spring
Enjoy the garden with all the family at Ormesby Hall during spring | © Annapurna Mellor

Family-friendly things to do in the house

A surprise delight is always the model railway layouts, which includes an interactive layout for children of all ages. Then pop by the second-hand bookshop to relax with the family and read a book together.

Family-friendly things to do in the garden

Head to the bottom of the garden and let the kids go wild in the natural play area. They can perform on the Willow Stage and challenge themselves on the rope walk, log stepping stones and balance see-saw. In the summer months families can also enjoy a game of croquet on the lawn.

Looking for nature? Why not go to the bird hide and see what birds you can spot and see the different bird wingspans. In the garden there is also a collection of bug hotels, so stop by and see what bugs have checked in recently, but respect their do not disturb signs.

‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’

No matter the season, Ormesby 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), discover wild animal clues (No. 34), head to the bird hide to watch a bird (No. 44) or pay a visit to the bug hotel to make friends with some creepy-crawlies (No. 31).