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Family-friendly things to do at Barrington Court

Two parents and two small children, all in colourful shorts and t-shirts, sitting on a low-rise concrete plinth having a picnic
Play activities in the design shed at Barrington Court | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

There is plenty of activities and space for family fun and learning this spring at Barrington Court. Find out below what's new, and on offer to help plan your next visit.

May half-term

Ranger activities

Back for May half-term, the popular guided drop-in ‘visiteering’ activities with the Ranger team will take place on The Avenue on Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30 May. You could help build benches for the History Shed or try your hand at making benches and barn owl boxes.

Falconry displays

On Wednesday 29 May, the wonderful birds and handlers from Xtreme Falconry return for two impressive flying displays that will take place at 11.30am and 2.30pm on the South Lawn. Get a good picnic spot and marvel at the majestic birds of prey as they swoop and soar high in the sky.

Sports activities

Table tennis and tennis available daily, and Grab and Go bags containing games and sports equipment (cricket, rounders, football, dominoes etc) can be borrowed from Reception. Booking is not required and equipment is loaned on a first come first serve basis.

Sensory backpacks to support families on self-led visits

Sensory backpacks are now available on loan and can be signed in and out at our visitor reception. The content of the backpacks has been designed to enhance the experience of the visitors especially those with autism and sensory processing disorder. Each standard pack has noise cancelling headphones (child size), sunglasses (child size), apple fidget toy, cuddly hand puppet, now/next/later board, and a crunch ball. There is also a selection of other pick ‘n’ mix items so that bags can be customised to suit individual needs.

Interactive installations in the farm buildings

The History Shed encourages visitors to take a seat, view site plans and debate the historic design decisions made by key characters from Barrington’s past. The Design Shed is a more hands-on space with windows to look through, gates to open, puzzles to complete, votes to be cast, building blocks and even a farm building smell table.

Barrington Court sensory packs
Barrington Court sensory packs | © Ian Watkin, National Trust

Family-friendly things to do in the garden

Fun on the South Lawn 

When you see the huge stretch of green grass that reaches out from the house to the boundary of the ha-ha, you’ve found the South Lawn. It’s great place with space to enjoy, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the changing seasons in the garden and countryside.

Bringing your wheels to Barrington Court

If you love riding your scooters, tricycles and bikes, the best place would be the Avenue. The garden paths and lawns are fragile and narrow in places and you can help us conserve them by keeping wheels away. If in doubt, please check with a member of staff where you can ride. 

Child riding a balance bike at Barrington Court, Somerset
The Avenue is the best place to use your scooters, trikes and bikes | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Family-friendly things to do in the parkland

The cricket field offers a great spot for family frolics. Bring whatever games you fancy – whether you’ve got a frisbee, skipping rope, rounders set or, of course, a cricket bat and ball.

There are some lovely spots for picnics too, and don’t forget to follow the winding paths in the little copse for a woodland adventure. 

'50 things to do before you're 11¾’

The parkland is also a great place to do some of the ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ activities. Here are some ideas:

A family looking in the pond in the Lily Garden at Barrington Court

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