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Family-friendly things to do at Barrington Court

Children playing with building blocks in the Design Shed
Play activities in the design shed at Barrington Court | © Gemma Sullivan, National Trust

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

NEW 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.

Visitors helping to collect apples in the orchard at Barrington Court
Apple harvest at Barrington Court | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

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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