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Family-friendly things to do at Polesden Lacey

Children picking flowers at Polesden Lacey
Spring at Polesden Lacey | © Spring at Polesden Lacey

Escape to Polesden Lacey with the family for a day out and a chance to make memories to last a lifetime. Explore, move, wonder and let imaginations run free. The gardens and wider estate are perfect for running, chasing, nature spotting and lots more. Whether you're six or 60 there's something for everyone here at Polesden Lacey. Plan ahead for February half-term and the Easter holiday, see what upcoming events we have at Polesden Lacey this spring.

Planning your family visit

  • Baby change facilities are available in the main toilet block, opposite the coffee shop.
  • Accessible, buggy friendly pathways (you can find a map here), unfortunately buggies are not allowed in the house but hip carriers are available.
  • Spend hours in Kestrel Corner Natural play area.
  • Children under-five's scooters and bikes can be used in the pleasure grounds – just be careful on the sloped pathways and on busier days.
  • Polesden Lacey has a cafe and coffee shop both with indoor and outdoor seating areas. During busier times we open an additional outlet serving snacks and drinks. There are also plenty of picnic benches around the grounds to sit down and enjoy your own picnics.

What's on this spring

Cooking up an Easter feast with Grizwald the Griffin: Easter adventure trail

Saturday 23 March – Sunday 21 April 2024, 10am- 3pm

Spring has sprung and Grizwald the Griffin has come to life. Grizwald is cooking up an Easter feast but has never celebrated Easter before, so may need some help to figure out what to cook. Follow the interactive trail around the grounds, where there will be plenty of fun activities for all of the family. Once you help Grizwald prepare for an Easter feast, this friendly Griffin may even say thank you and reward you with an Easter treat.

Meet Grizwald the Griffin - Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 April & Monday 8 April – Friday 12 April, 10am – 4pm

Grizwald can also be seen roaming around some of his favourite places at Polesden Lacey this Easter, see if you can find him and say hello.

The trail costs £3 per participating child and normal admission fees still apply for non-members, there is no need to book before arrival, click here to find out more. Don't worry we have Easter eggs for all dietary requirements. You can choose from either a chocolate egg or a vegan and Free From chocolate egg. Both eggs are made using Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. Find out more here.

Grizwald the Griffin on South Lawn steps at Polesden Lacey
Grizwald the Griffin at Polesden Lacey | © Hannah Simion Malmcrona
Children doing an Easter egg trail at Polesden Lacey, Surrey.
Children doing an Easter egg trail at Polesden Lacey, Surrey. | © ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

The Last Tree and The Art of Nature in collaboration with Luke Adam Hawker

Starting Saturday 27 April 2024 10am – 4pm

Join us for a special collaboration with best-selling author and renowned artist Luke Adam Hawker. Discover the beauty of nature through art as you view some of the most loved original illustrations and pages from his book ‘The Last Tree’. Inside the house, Hawker’s artwork will be exhibited alongside Mrs Greville’s Fabergé and art collection. Continue outside to find a new way to connect with nature as you observe and draw the trees at Polesden Lacey. Take the time to be curious, listen to the rustling leaves and feel in the moment with your surroundings.

This event is free but normal admission fees still apply, no need to book before arrival. Click here to find out more.

Artist Luke Adam Hawker drawing a tree
Artist Luke Adam Hawker drawing a tree | © Alex Leggatt
Illustration of child walking through a forest
Luke Adam Hawker- Time Passed Artwork | © Luke Adam Hawker

Family-friendly things to do in the gardens

The gardens are filled with perfect picnic locations, ball games are allowed in the pleasure grounds, so are the perfect spot for the whole family. Picnic benches are available in Crab Apple Orchard.

Small bikes and scooters are allowed in the pleasure grounds, as well as ball games and kite flying. Make sure you're mindful of other visitors whilst playing games.

Head over to Kestrel Corner play area, built using wood from the Polesden Lacey estate. Enjoy the swings, tunnels and giant nests as you embrace your inner animal and get closer to nature. Find out more here.

A girl crawls through play area rabbit's burrow
A girl crawls through play area rabbit's burrow | © Eddie Hyde/National Trust

Visiting the house with Children

At the moment the house (ground floor only) is only open at the weekends, 11am - 3pm until 1 March 2024 (excluding February half-term, 19 - 23 February 2024). The house team are busy deep cleaning the house, why not pop in at the weekends to see some great conservation in action.

Unfortunately buggies are not allowed in the house, please park them outside while you visit. Hip carriers are available to borrow, if you ask a member of staff at the house doors they will be happy to help.

‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ activities

No. 4 Build a den

There are lots of perfect den building spots to be discovered at Polesnden. What will your den be? A meeting place for spies, a fairy castle or perhaps a bear’s den?

No. 34 Discover wild animal clues

With badgers, squirrels, rabbits and more, there are lots of different things that you can search for when you're on the trail of an animal at Polesden. Look out for footprints, fur and poo, and you might find something sooner than you think.

No. 50 Take a friend on a nature adventure

Double your fun by sharing your next nature adventure with a friend. Explore your secret wildlife hideouts together and make the great outdoors your new playground.

No 33: Go cloud watching

Head to the sloping South Lawn, lie back and watch the clouds go by. With a little imagination you can create whole worlds and the tall tales that might take place there, from the shapes you see in the clouds.

Download all 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ here.

The Saloon at Polesden Lacey, Surrey

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