Family activities at Ickworth
There are loads of different family activities designed to help you explore and discover the Ickworth estate. However you choose to spend your day with us, your adventure starts here.
Blow off the cobwebs and enjoy all that Ickworth Estate has to offer this winter. Dig out your wellies and go and explore the changing seasons in the Albana to the breathtaking views across the fairy lake. Enjoy spending time with friends and nature at Ickworth Estate.
Planning your family visit
- There are toilets and baby changing facilities at the Welcome Point, in the West Wing and by the Walled Garden (open April to October only).
The multi-use trail, Geraldine's, Erskine's and Albana Walks are pushchair and buggy friendly
2 December - 2 January | 10am - 4pm | Free*
Saturday 2 December to Tuesday 2 January | 11am - 3pm | Free
Join us this December as Ickworth is transformed into a truly Georgian theatre. Known for their love of the theatre, lavish parties, and get-togethers at Christmas, they liked to celebrate for an entire month.
Visit Ickworth from Saturday 2 December to Tuesday 2 January to experience an estate completely transformed by the Georgians most popular festive traditions. From the Age of the Theatre to Masquerade Balls, we will be celebrating the outrageous, excessive and, at times, garish nature of the Georgians celebrations.
Step into the Rotunda for a lavish experience at the theatre and revel in the glorious indulgence of the Christmas festivities that await you, from an extravagant dining set to immersive theatrical staging throughout. Be inspired by Georgian traditions and their love for a festive get together!
Saturday 2 December to Tuesday 2 January | 10am - 3pm | Suggested donation £3
Get crafty this Christmas and head to the West Wing Gallery to take part in making your very own masquerade masks and theatre glasses to accompany your visit.
Festive Outdoor Family Trail
Saturday 2 December to Tuesday 2 January | 10am - 4pm |Free*
Explore the great outdoors this winter with our family trail finding Georgian animals nestled into our woodland.
* normal admission charges apply, free for National Trust members. Ickworth Estate is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Why not hire one of our bikes or bring your own and follow one of our two family friendly multi-use trails around the estate – the River Linnet or the Monument trail. We’ve even got a short route especially designed for little legs! The routes are suitable for all weathers too, so even if it's raining, you can still enjoy exploring the estate.
Cycle Hub Opening Times
The Cycle Hub is closed until January 2024.
An winter of exploration
Adventure Play area
Why not spend some time running off steam in our play area? Situated by the car park, our wooden play area is suitable for children of all ages. There are picnic benches available too. *May close in adverse weather*
Grab an Explorer bag
Drop into the welcome point (next to the plant centre) and pick up one of our family explorer bags. Packed with items such as binoculars, bug pots and ID sheets, discover what calls Ickworth Estate home. Free to use, just drop it back when you are finished. Use the binoculars to go and seek out the dragon in the stumpery.
Explore our wildlife area all year round, what critters will you find.
Build a bug hotel
In the wildlife area by the adventure playground have a go a building a bug hotel. *Open all year round*
Activities are free but normal admission charges apply, free for National Trust members.
Christmas is returning to Ickworth Estate from 2 December with a Georgian Staged Splendour.
Find out more about cycling at Ickworth, including the cycle hire hub available in the car park. Pack a picnic and start your adventure.
Treat yourself in one of the cafés at Ickworth with a variety of tasty treats, light snacks and hot and cold drinks. Or grab a bargain as a souvenir of your visit in the shop or Plant Centre.
Ickworth is a three pawprint rated place. Let your four-legged friends lead you on a voyage of exploration around miles of parkland, offering new and exciting discoveries.
Explore the parkland at Ickworth, encircled with layers of history, landscape and classic architecture. Enjoy space, freedom and inspiring views as you wander at your leisure.
Discover the best places for families to visit around Suffolk, from historic buildings to getting outdoors in gardens, coast and countryside, whatever the weather.