Things for families to do at Runnymede and Ankerwycke
There’s plenty of family-friendly fun at Runnymede and Ankerwycke, with an interactive kids’ nature walk, activities inside and outside our architectural artwork Writ in Water, and willow sculptures with an added twist. Plus, make the most of the river, with a trip on a paddle steamer.
Come on an Easter adventure - 29 March - 1 April
Visit Runnymede over the Easter weekend and join in on an spring showers themed Easter egg hunt. Pick up a trail sheet from the Magna Carta tearoom and enjoy this nature-inspired trail with a host of challenges to test your wits and get the heart racing. How far can you wang a welly? Who will win the wheelbarrow race?
£3 per trail which include bunny ears and diary or vegan and Free From* chocolate egg.
*Suitable for people with milk, egg, gluten, peanut and tree nut allergies.
Follow the Nature Knights walk
Pick up a trail booklet from the Magna Carta Tea-rooms, or from a member of outdoor staff, and get ready to explore Runnymede as a Nature Knight.
Follow the route using the trail points in the booklet, try the activities as you go, and keep track of your adventure in your Knights Notes.
Look out for a range of plants and wildlife with regal names, and enjoy the natural beauty of Runnymede, whatever the season.
Go inside a willow sculpture
There are two groups of larger-than-life willow sculptures at Runnymede, both created by local artists Willotwisters, with the help of visitors, volunteers and local groups.
As the name suggests, The Haymakers depicts a rural haymaking scene, while the figures that make up The Last Survivors conceal a secret – go inside each sculpture to discover a different poem about land and freedom.
Immerse yourself in Writ in Water
Writ in Water is an interactive architectural artwork celebrating science, nature and history. Before visiting it, pick up a Writ in Water activity sheet from the Magna Carta Tea-rooms or a member of outdoor staff.
Outside the circular building, you’ll be challenged to make a sensory map, by listening, smelling, viewing and touching the things around you. Then head inside to learn how, and why, it was built.
Please note, the suggested age for this activity sheet is 7 years and up.
Take a Victorian paddle steamer down the Thames
During spring and summer, you can enjoy Runnymede and Ankerwycke from a different point of view, with a boat trip along the River Thames.
Across the road from the Magna Carta Tea-rooms, you'll find the Lucy Fisher, a replica Victorian paddle steamer that will take you on a leisurely cruise along the Thames toward the Runnymede pleasure grounds and back.
For more information visit French Brothers River Thames passenger boat cruises.
Look out for seasonal events
We run seasonal events at Runnymede and Ankerwycke throughout the year.
Visit our events page to find out more.
Useful information for planning your visit
There are toilets and baby changing facilities in the Magna Carta Tea-rooms.
The tea-rooms also sell family friendly drinks and snacks as well as kids’ lunchboxes.
We have new accessible paths along the river and to our memorials and artworks. If you’re going further afield, you might prefer to use a child carrier.
With riverside walks and open meadows, art installations inspired by history, and a series of moving memorials, there’s lots to see and do at Runnymede and Ankerwycke. For a deeper dive, why not listen to our audio guides.
Stay refreshed with hot and cold drinks, light meals, snacks and cakes in the Magna Carta tea-room at Runnymede.
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Learn about the historic sealing of the Magna Carta, a medieval priory, an ancient tree where Henry VIII wooed Anne Boleyn – and the site of a 1930s nightclub.
Reflect upon the history of Runnymede inside this immersive architectural installation, which celebrates the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede over 800 years ago.
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