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Family fun at Kedleston

Lambs outside Kedleston Hall in the spring
Enjoy a walk at Kedleston Hall | © National Trust Images

It's the perfect time to spend time with family and enjoy a seasonal walk.

Planning your family visit

If you're planning a day out at Kedleston Hall with the family, here is some useful information:

  • Baby changing facilities are available within the main toilets.
  • Breastfeeding is welcome anywhere on site.
  • A wheelchair accessible Shuttle Bus is available between the Visitor Reception building to the Hall.
  • Don’t forget to visit the second-hand bookshop (located in the stableyard). We have a dedicated children’s section with plenty of books for all ages. It is open most days and is managed by volunteers. Please check with our staff at the Visitor Reception building for opening times on your arrival.

Family friendly things to do

Discover Kedleston Hall in all its glory this spring as newborn lambs take their first steps and primula and bluebells blanket the forest floors. Rolling hills and miles of woodland surround the Hall and with more birds coming out to say hello, it’s the perfect setting for a stroll with family. Here are a few suggestions of what you could do.

Wildlife spotting

Spring is the perfect time to head out on an adventure around the parkland. Life is waking up to spring at Kedleston Hall too and the lake is a perfect location to look out for nesting birds. Home to herons, coots and swans.


A fun way to explore the parkland at Kedleston is the orienteering course - suitable for families, friends, dog walkers and ideal for complete beginners. A popular year-round activity for visitors of all ages, you can choose from a 1.5 mile route or a 3 mile version.

Buy a map from the shop or Visitor Reception Building (£1.50) and go searching for marked points across the park. You can run it, jog it, or stroll - you set the pace.

Visitor inspects an orienteering map
Explore the parkland at Kedleston on the orienteering course | © National Trust Images/John Millar

May half term

In celebration of the Derby book festival (30 May - 5 June 2024) and the anniversary of the opening of our permanent second-hand bookshop, Kedleston will be hosting a range of free book themed activities over the summer half term (admission charges apply).

Meet the Author, 25 and 26 May - Meet Derbyshire children's author Wendy Garvey as she reads her stories and offers free activities for children.

Story Corner, 28 May - A cosy corner for children to choose a story book to read.

Make a nature story, 29 May - Be inspired by the outdoors and make your own nature story .

Make a bookmark, 30 May - Drop in to make your own bookmark to take home with you.

Summer at Kedleston

We are looking forward to summer days and behind the scenes are planning a variety of activities to entertain visitors of all ages. We are delighted to announce that we have joined together with Three Inch Fools theatre company. On the evening of Thursday 20 June, they will be performing Shakespeare’s tale - The Comedy of Errors. Book your tickets with them online.

4 people with instruments perform on a stage
Three Inch Fools theatre company music-making - Credit Wilson Smith | © Three Inch Fools theatre/Wilson Smith

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