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Family-friendly things to do at Claremont Landscape Garden

A family enjoying the view at Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey
A family enjoying the view at Claremont Landscape Garden | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

There’s plenty of family fun to be had on a visit to Claremont Landscape Garden. From exploring the play area to simply relaxing by the lake. This historic royal landscape is a great place to spend time together. Find out how best to plan your day out at Claremont Landscape Garden with children in mind.

Planning your family visit

  • Baby-changing facilities are available in the toilet block in the lower car park
  • The path around the circumference of the lake is buggy-friendly
  • There are covered seats and benches throughout the garden
  • Please leave bike's, balls and scooters at home, due to the steep slopes and open water on site.

Garden Friends Half Term Trail - Sat 25 May - Sun 2 June

We’ve teamed up with local children’s author, Rachel Lawston, to create a garden-themed nature trail around Claremont. At this time of year, our garden is bursting with life from the chirping of newborn ducklings and goslings to bees buzzing amongst the flowering Rhododendron. We'll be bringing Rachel's beautifully illustrated books, Finn's Garden Friends and Mia Makes a Meadow, to life with fun games and activities around the lake that will help inspire and form deeper connections with nature that’s all around us.

£3 per trail including a specially branded Finn's Garden Friends Kabloom seedbomb to take home.

Garden Friends Storytelling with Rachel Lawston - Sun 2 June

We are delighted the Rachel Lawston will be joining us on the last day of the trail for special readings of her book, Finn's Garden Friends. Join us on the lawn outside the Thatched Cottage at 10.30am, 11.30am and 2.00pm to hear the story of Finn and how he discovers nature and wildlife in the city.

Copies of Finn's Garden Friends and Mia Makes a Meadows will be available to purchase from the Kiosk throughout half term, for young readers to enjoy at home.

Illustration of female adult reading story to child in a wildflower garden with white cat chasing a spying a bumblebee.
Get closer to nature on our Garden Friends half term trail. | © Rachel Lawston

Wild Learning Holiday Club

Throughout the year Wild Learning will be on site giving children the opportunity to explore their adventurous side will lots of creative and practical activities. Session run during May half term and summer holidays. See our 'What's On' page to book.

Family-friendly things to do in the garden

Explore the play area

Queen Victoria used to play at Claremont as a child, and now so can you, with scaled-down versions of Claremont's garden features, including the grass amphitheatre and Belvedere Tower. Explore the pavilion, glide down the slide and scale the ladders and the climbing wall.

With covered areas and an all-weather surface, you can have fun no matter what the British weather is doing.

The play area is ideal for younger children and parents with pushchairs. Find it near the cafe and toilets.

Playing safely

  • Age restrictions to the play equipment apply and children must be supervised by an adult at all times
  • The children's play area may be closed during extreme weather conditions, particularly when there's ice or snow
  • All the timber used in the play area comes from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
  • Please keep dog outside the play areas

Build a den at Badger's Basecamp

Head to Badger’s Basecamp, a hidden woodland area that's perfect for older children to explore. Inspired by a badger’s sett, there are tunnels and hidey holes to discover and crawl through, a wooden badger to meet and a large open area for den building.

Follow the path next to the children's play area and climb the steps to the top of Stoney Hill to find Badger's Basecamp.

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