Family-friendly things to do at Biddulph Grange
Whether it's feeding the fish or looking at the fossils in the geological gallery, there’s something to keep all ages busy at Biddulph Grange Garden. Find out what's on offer and the details you need to plan your visit.
Autumn in the Garden
As we head into the Autumn months, Biddulph Grange Garden will come alive with spectacular colours! From the orange and red hues in the China Garden to a whole rainbow of colour along the Dahlia Walk. Geological Gallery is a perfect stop to delve into the Garden’s history and learn fascinating fossil facts.
Planning your family visit
- High chairs available at both of the food outlets
- Baby changing facilities adjacent to the toilets
- Family friendly food – half portions and children’s lunch boxes available in tearoom
- Pushchairs can be left at reception
- No booking necessary – normal admission charges apply
- Seasonally available children’s trails and activities
Picnics are welcome in our picnic area adjacent to the car park or on the lawn under the apple trees in the kitchen garden. Alternatively, visit our friendly tea-room selling soups, sandwiches and a delicious range of cakes and drinks – including children’s lunch boxes, which are always popular.
Family-friendly things to do in the garden
Create your own adventure
Cross bridges, go through tunnels, over stepping stones and into secret spaces and buildings.
Woodland play area
Disappear into the woods for adventure play. Experience the seasons as you enjoy the climbing frames, see-saw and balance beams.
Discover fossils millions of years old. See how many you can name.
Wildlife watching at the lake
Look out for frogs, fish, moorhens, ducks, water-loving insects and much more. If you’re really quiet you may spot a kingfisher and, from March to October, feed the fish.
Can you find the dragons, the water buffalo, the sea-horses, the sphynx, the Ape of Thoth in the Egyptian tunnel, not forgetting Freddy the Frog in the Chinese garden?
'50 things to do before you're 11¾'
Head outdoors and get ready to tick some activities off your list of '50 things to do before you're 11¾'. Which of the fun-packed things will you try? Here are a few recommendations:
No. 1 Get to know a tree
Biddulph Grange is home to many fascinating trees – big, small, old and new. Some trees have spaces big enough to get inside while others can be climbed. Many have vibrant summer flowers or colourful autumn leaves to catch. Get to know a tree and see what creatures they’re home to.
No. 6 Go welly wandering
A spot of rain doesn’t need to dampen your spirits! Pull on some wellies and explore the adventure woodland, pleasure gardens and parkland. See if you can find the secret laurel tunnel or upside down trees in the Victorian stumpery.
No. 16 Wear a wild crown
Your imagination's the limit when you make a wild crown. Twigs, daisy chains, leaves, flowers, blossom, grass and other wild materials found in your garden can be used to create a masterpiece. You could even create one that an imaginary character would wear.
No. 17 Set up a snail race
You'll have to find some snails for this, then just mark out a short track in chalk – don't make it too long though, snails move super slowly. Your racing snails will be happier if the track is somewhere shady, as they don't like being out in the sun. It's best to pop them back where you found them after their race, and wash your hands too.
No. 31 Make friends with a bug
Looking for bugs is fun, because some are so fast that you may need to chase them a little. Does your critter have fur, wings or many legs? Remember to put any creepy-crawlies back where you found them afterwards, because they can be delicate and they appreciate the home they’re already in.
No. 44 Watch a bird
Find somewhere quiet to sit, watch and wait to see birds fly, sing, chat to each other and eat their food. Make sure you don't frighten them off because birds get spooked pretty easily. See how many you can spot – maybe you could create a birdspotting diary.
Explore the garden where garden rooms lead into each other. See exotic plants, Grade II listed sculptures and seasonal blooms.
Pick up a tasty treat in the tea-room, grab a must-have in the shop or select a second-hand book from the bookshop in the cherry orchard. Read all about eating and shopping at Biddulph Grange.
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.
Make memories with your family on a day out in Shropshire or Staffordshire – look out for outdoor play areas, unique buildings and unusual cave houses.