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Family-friendly things to do at Woolsthorpe

Young visitors exploring the hands on Science Centre
The distorting mirrors are hard to resist | © National Trust/Paul Harris

Get stuck into science and history at Woolsthorpe Manor. Isaac Newton is one of the world’s greatest ever scientists and his science is still relevant today. Bring all the family to find out more at the place where he changed the world.

Planning your family visit

Here is the information you need at a glance to help plan your next day out at Woolsthorpe:

May Half Term at Woolsthorpe

25 May - 2 June

Sir Isaac Newton was born and grew up here – the perfect place to inspire future world-changing scientists. Most famously, the apple tree which inspired Newton to discover gravity still stands in the orchard today.

Interactive family tours

Explore the Manor House on an interactive family tour and discover more about young Isaac’s life on the farm. Step inside his Chamber where he used a prism to split light into rainbow colours and stand at the window to see the apple tree in the historic orchard.

The family tour will run at 12.30pm - 1.30pm on the following dates:
Saturday 25 May
Monday 27 May
Thursday 30 May
Friday 31 May
Saturday 1 June

Colour Trail

Feel inspired by the historical significance of this place and go on a colourful adventure to fill in your colour wheel. Find the colours of the rainbow, fill in your colour wheel, and watch what happens when you spin it!

Make a day of it

Follow in the footsteps of one of science’s greatest minds and try your hand at his theories within the Science Centre. Complete your visit by refuelling in the coffee shop with a slice of cake and don’t forget to grab the new Woolsthorpe Manor pin badge, inspired by Newton’s signature.

A volunteer talks to some younger visitors in Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire
Inspire Future Newtons at Woolsthorpe | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Family-friendly things to do in the science centre

In the science centre, children of all ages – even grown-up ones – can get hands-on with some of Isaac’s most famous experiments. Have fun observing, experimenting and discovering.

You can test refraction and then reflection by getting distorted in our mirrors. Peer at one of the blackest blacks and ask yourself what properties the colour has? Grab the holographic apple before you leave and take an imaginary bite.

What keeps a planet in orbit or an object on the ground? These are the questions that Newton was driven to answer, and you can ask these questions too when testing Newton’s theory of universal gravitation.

A woman and child complete activities in the Science Centre at Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire
Take on Newton's science discoveries | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Family-friendly things to do in the manor house

Get a sense of Isaac Newton in the manor house. This is where Isaac Newton was born, grew up, and made some of his most important discoveries. As a boy he observed the world around him, making models and drawing pictures.

Find out more about booking your visit to the Manor House here.

Visit the Hayloft to find out more about light and colour. This year we're celebrating the 320th anniversary of Newton publishing his work on Opticks - explore the influence of his work in art and poetry, as well as in science.

Families can enjoy a UV trail from 29 March as part of our electromagnetic spectrum themed Easter. What will you find hidden on the walls?

‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’

Fans of ‘50 things’ fun can accomplish No. 1 in style at Woolsthorpe. No. 1 Get to know a tree

We are custodians of the actual tree that inspired Isaac Newton’s work on the theory of gravity. Yes, the very tree from which an apple fell and caused Newton to ask the question: ‘Why do apples always fall straight down to the ground?’.

The orchard is the perfect spot to enjoy some quiet contemplation. Choose a comfortable spot to relax and maybe do some cloud gazing (that's number 33 on the '50 Things' challenge).

While visiting Woolsthorpe's gardens, be sure to admire the sundial and use the sunshine to tell the time.

A oil painting on canvas, a three-quarter-length portrait, of Sir Isaac Newton in older age painted by Sir James Thornhill from 1712, held at Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire.

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