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Family-friendly things to do at Nymans

Illustration from The Tiger Who Came to Tea
What can you spot at Nymans? | © © 2024 Kerr-Kneale Productions Ltd. Licensed by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Build a den in the Play Glade, a part of the garden dedicated to natural play for children, follow woodland trails or explore the garden at your leisure. During the school holidays join in with special events and activities.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea - May Half Term

During May half term, pick up a free trail sheet to see if you can spot what's on the menu as you explore the garden. There’s more tea-time fun and games in the Play Glade too!

May half term at Nymans

The Tiger Who Came to Tea - garden trail

Sat 4 May - Sun 14 Jul: 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm).

Explore this very special teatime through extracts and illustrations from Judith Kerr’s classic story, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, on a family trail around the garden, produced in partnership with HarperCollins Publishers.

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big, furry, stripy tiger! In the Story Room (closes at 4pm), take a seat at Sophie's kitchen table, play dress-up with costumes from the story or cosy up and read the book together.

Free trail, normal admission applies.

Nymans family map
Nymans family map | © National Trust / Nymans

New family map for Nymans

Sometimes it's the little things that make the best family memories, like building a den, spotting a red kite and having an ice cream at the end of a family walk. Our new family maps are free to pick up when you arrive at Nymans and explain exactly how hop, totter or dash over to the Play Glade and more.

Nymans printable family map

Planning your family visit

  • You’ll find toilets and baby changing facilities by the Riding House Tea-room in the centre of the garden. There are also facilities at the top of the garden, including a changing places toilet
  • There are gravel and grass paths throughout the garden
  • Picnics are welcome in the garden (you can also borrow a blanket), or in the woodland among the cool shade of trees at the side of the lake.
  • There are sheltered spots throughout the garden.
  • Ice cream and picnic treats can be found in the welcome cafe, Riding House or, if you're in a hurry, from the kiosk or horse box.

Family-friendly things to do in the garden

Let off steam in the garden

The Messel family loved to play in the garden – why not follow in their footsteps? By the bookshop, you'll find the Play Glade, where you can play games, build a den or act out your imagination on the mini stage. Then explore the nearby bamboo jungle and hide among the topiary shapes, or have a go at a spotter activity hunt to look for seasonal flowers, plants, birds and bugs.

School holiday trails

Discover the hidden stories of Nymans with a family trail. There’s a different theme each school holiday. Follow the trail to find the clues and complete the challenge.

Family-friendly things to do on the estate

Head for the woods to discover the boardwalks, water cascades, mud, flowers and very tall trees. Try one of three circular walks to see some of the best bits, or strike out on your own to explore for yourself. See if you can find the large wooden sculptures, including a kingfisher, owls and a giant beetle.

The Forecourt Garden at Nymans, West Sussex in June

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Find out when Nymans is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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