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A family group playing giant snakes and ladders on the Green Court in front of Dunster Castle
Visitors playing lawn games outside Dunster Castle | © NTI/James Dobson

Family-friendly places in Somerset

There's all sorts for families to do at places around Somerset, from visiting a natural pier to running across the grass. Start planning your day out for the family to enjoy.

Top places to visit in Somerset

Discover a natural pier and acres of grass to explore in the fresh air.

An adult, holding a small child, watches their child playing games on the lawn of the Green Court at Dunster Castle, Somerset

Dunster Castle and watermill 

Looking for a fun family day out this spring? Whether you're after outdoor games or a fun trail for the kids, we've got lots for you to enjoy.

Two parents and two small children, all in colourful shorts and t-shirts, sitting on a low-rise concrete plinth having a picnic

Barrington Court 

Find out more about what family activities are available at Barrington Court in Somerset, and plan your visit

Children playing near orangery at Montacute House

Montacute House 

If you’re looking for things to do together this spring, why not head over to Montacute House? There is plenty to keep the whole family happy.

Two children in jumpers sitting in a tree den at Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield near Bristol 

Looking for fun family activities to do? Whether you're after outdoor games for the kids or just a relaxing picnic in nature, we've got plenty for you to enjoy.

A family visiting the Serpentine Lake at Prior Park, Bath

Explore the garden at Prior Park 

There are all sorts of architecture and wildlife to be discovered at Prior Park, from bridges to a restored Edwardian summerhouse and kingfishers around the lakes.

Family exploring Fyne Court

Fyne Court 

Fyne Court is a brilliant place for families to explore. Find out more about the activities you can enjoy together.

Two walkers standing next to a rock formation at Dunkery Beacon on the Holnicote Estate

Holnicote Estate 

Holnicote Estate has something for everyone, from its wild moorland and shingle beaches to ancient woodland and charming villages. Plus, keep an eye out for its resident red deer.

Just over the border in Wiltshire

A family looking out over the lake with the Pantheon in the distance at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Family fun at Stourhead 

Find out the family-friendly things to do at Stourhead, from events in the garden to exploring the house.

What's on in Somerset this May half term?

A view of the house at Tyntesfield, Somerset, in summer

Craft a colourful bird at Tyntesfield 

Create your own colourful collaged bird, inspired by ‘Echoes from the Aviary’; a sound and collage installation filling Tyntesfield’s aviary this spring.

A woman with two children look at a trail sheet in the gardens at Dunster Castle

The Great Feast trail at Dunster Castle 

Step into the past and prepare for a great feast in the 1400s. Follow the trail, complete activities, answer questions and learn what food and festivities were like in the past.

Black Girls Hike Family Activity day at Longshaw, Peak District

Be a Ranger for the day at Barrington Court 

Help to build benches for the History Shed, make some stepping logs to go in the Kitchen Garden, or try your hand at making bird feeders and barn owl boxes for our feathered friends. Tues 28 and Thurs 30 May.

A lady dressed in Elizabethan costume at a falconry display

Falconry display at Barrington Court 

Marvel at majestic birds of prey as they swoop across the South Lawn. Two impressive flying displays will be taking place at 11.30am and 14.30pm on Wed 29 May.

A woman in a dusky pink jacket and long denim dress, and a girl and boy, in pink and blue respectively, lean over an ornamental stone wall. Behind them you can see yew trees and well-kept lawns.

Early military camp life with the Taunton Garrison at Montacute 

Come and meet the Taunton Garrison and learn about early military camp life. Join in musket drills, watch pike drills, meet the blacksmith, camp cook and barber surgeon and learn about their crafts. Wed 29 to Fri 31 May.

A family exploring one of the Easter stations on the trail, wearing bunny ears and carrying trail sheets.

Endangered animal trail at Prior Park 

Eight animals have been hidden in the greenery of the garden. Can you find them all? Spot the animals and find out what the National Trust is doing to help them.

Family on a trail at Mottisfont. A young boy reading a trail booklet is leading his family along a garden footpath.

Spring colours with Betsy the bee at Fyne Court 

Follow Betsy the bee on a trail around the garden and hunt for the spring colours of Fyne Court. Share your findings by drawing on our big chalkboard.

May half term just over the border in Wiltshire

An adult and group of children walk through the grounds at Stourhead, Wiltshire with the bridge in the background

Become a climate superhero at Stourhead 

Children can discover ways they can protect the planet, learn about what Stourhead does to tackle climate change and enjoy plenty of outdoor games and play.

Visitors watching a live theatre performance at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

The buzz-tastic bee balancing blundershow at Stourhead 

You've heard of a flea circus, but have you heard of a bee circus? Come along to the Stableyard on Sunday 2 June for a buzz-tastic bee balancing family friendly musical show. You'll want to bee there!

Family-friendly beaches and coast in Somerset

Discover pebble beaches and expansive sandy stretches for families

Sweeping view of Bossington and Porlock


Bossington is a charming seaside hamlet with thatched cottages. Old lime kilns and Second World War defences line the pebble beach, which is a great place to spot coastal birds.


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A view down towards Middle Hope beach in autumn

Sand Point and Middle Hope 

With its ample birdlife and 13th-century priory, the Sand Point and Middle Hope coastline is one of the most interesting in North Somerset.

The west front of Montacute house as the sun begins to set behind it

Discover more in Somerset

From Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers, see what Somerset has to offer.