Family-friendly things to do at Nymans
- 10 May 2023
Join us for a Nutcracker Christmas at Nymans with an imaginative garden trail inspired by this classic tale and a house filled with dazzling festive ornaments, laid out for a sweety banquet in the Garden Hall. Meet a giant nutcracker soldier and the Sugar Plum Fairy on the 16, 17 & 18 Dec and see Matthew Bourne’s costumes from the ballet Nutcracker! on display in the Gallery. Join a family workshop for willow weaving and share photos of your day with us @NymansNT.
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.
Christmas at Nymans
Glittering Christmas trees, colourful decorations, scenes inspired by the classic Christmas tale & giant Nutcracker soldiers bring this enchanting adventure to life at Nymans. Costumes from Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! will be on display in the Gallery. In the house discover ‘The Land of Sweets’ complete with sumptuous sweety banquet decorations. A trail in the garden takes families on a voyage through this magical world, beginning one exciting Christmas Eve Night, once upon a time…
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.
Explore Nymans’ medieval style manor, part house, part ruin following a devastating fire in 1947. It now offers romantic ruins and charming rooms to explore.
Romantic ruins, intimate gardens and internationally recognised plant collections all set against a backdrop of woodland and far-reaching views.
If you're after a meal or just a quick pit-stop, try our winter menu with freshly prepared food inspired by the season. Quick snacks and delicious cakes prepared by our chefs are always popular too, especially after a walk in the woodland or garden.
Browse local and artisan products at Nymans, one of the most popular National Trust bookshops, and a wide range of plants - including some grown on site in ‘The Nymans Collection’.
Fancy running free in the fresh air, learning new skills and trying new things? Grab your gear and start your adventure.
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