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A family-friendly day out at Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens

A picture of the front of Gunby Hall, surrounded by spring greenery
The house at Gunby is surrounded by greenery in springtime | © National Trust

There are lots of things for the whole family to do at Gunby Hall. Get competitive with some outdoor games on the lawn or join a trail, explore the garden to reconnect with nature or find a perfect picnic spot and relax.

May half term at Gunby

From 20-31 May

Follow a family-friendly trail around the garden and grounds. Suitable for 3–14-year-olds, you’ll be discovering facts about insects and having fun at each of the different activity stations.

Make your own Worker bee mask, build an insect sculpture, create a bug hotel, or help your bees. Trail cost £2 and are available from the welcome shed or tea-room.

Three women and two children walk in the garden at Gunby Hall, Lincolnshire
Visitors in the garden at Gunby Hall | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Get involved with some '50 things to do before you're 11¾'

There are lots of '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities you can tick off at Gunby. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

  • No. 31 Make friends with a bug: You can find all sorts of creatures lurking at Gunby. You'll need to be prepared though: looking for bugs is fun, but you might need to be fast, and some creatures like centipedes and millipedes move quickly so you'll need to keep your eyes peeled like a real nature detective if you want to see them
  • No. 33 Go cloud watching: On a warm summer’s day, find a patch of grass, lie back and watch the clouds go by. With a little imagination you can create whole worlds from the shapes you see in the clouds. Do they resemble anything, like animals, trees or cartoon characters?
  • No. 44 Watch a bird: Birds can be shy or timid. You will need to be as quiet as a mouse while you keep a look out for our feathered friends. What birds will you see?

Roam the estate

While you are welcome to roam free in the garden, there are also a number of trails you can follow in the wider estate. The short walk to the Ice House Pond will take you past St Peter's Church and provide you with a lovely view of Gunby Hall in the distance on your return. A longer walk to the remains of Bratoft Manor takes in the historical lumps and bumps of the former Medieval village of Gunby.

Family walk in the winter countryside
Family walk in the winter countryside | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Planning your family visit

Here's the information you need at a glance to make the most of your family day out at Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens:

  • Unisex baby-changing facilities are available on request, please ask a member of the team
  • There are some areas in the garden with uneven cobbles and gravel paths
  • The tea-room in the courtyard serves sandwiches, snacks, hot/cold drinks and ice cream
  • Picnics are welcome throughout the garden and grounds

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