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Family-friendly things to do at Standen

Families doing a trail at Standen
Run off steam at Standen | © National Trust Images / James Dobson

Discover all the things to do on a family day out at Standen. From woodland walks to family trails in the house and grounds, there's plenty to keep children entertained. Find out what family-friendly events are coming up and how best to plan your day out at Standen with children in mind.

Meet Father Christmas on our Tale of Betwixtmass experience

Be greeted by our Christmas elf when you begin your festive adventure with us. Listen as she tells the tale of the magical world of Betwixtmass, then follow an immersive audio trail to see Father Christmas in his cosy woodland home.

Sing merry songs with Father Christmas and snuggle up as he tells you a story then gives a gift to all children. Meet the cheeky snooflet puppets too and watch their puppetry performance. Presented by Spun Glass Theatre you'll unlock an imaginative world and create special festive memories. Children £15, including a gift (children must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult). Adults £12.50 and normal entrance fee to the garden applies.

Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec, Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec, Sat 16 & Sun 17 Dec then daily Mon 18 - Sat 23 Dec.

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Planning your family visit

  • Toilets and baby changing facilities are next to the shop, on the other side of Goose Green from the Barn Café
  • High-chairs, half portions and lunch boxes available in the café
  • Picnics welcome
  • Access to the woodland den and bothy involve steps and may not be suitable for buggies
  • Sheltered areas and benches throughout the garden.

Family-friendly events

School holiday trails

Each school holiday the garden buzzes with children’s frenzied activity as they have a go at one of our trails. There’s a new one for each holiday and they often take the garden, woodland and house as their inspiration. You might be guiding Bertie the Bee back to his hive, avoiding obstacles along the way, or seeking out the little felted mice hidden throughout the house.

Family-friendly things to do in the house

Make friends with a mouse

Have fun hunting out the family of crafty felted mice that have taken up residence at Standen. Each room features a hidden mouse.

Useful information for visiting the house with family

  • Unfortunately buggies can't be taken into the house due to narrow corridors and fragile furnishings
  • There are 'hippy chick' seats/baby carriers for young visitors and there's a covered space to leave buggies while you visit the house.

Discover the Little Room

  • Have fun whatever the weather in the Little Room above the conservatory, where you'll find toys, games and activities for the youngest members of your family

Family-friendly things to do in the garden

Useful information for visiting the garden with family

  • The trees in the garden and rocks in the Quarry Garden are beautiful to look at but please don’t climb them, as they need to be cared for
  • The plants and flowers around the garden are very delicate so unfortunately ball games, frisbees, bicycles and scooters are not permitted
  • The Rosery and Quarry Garden are very special places and some people like to be really quiet here. We ask that you walk when you’re in these areas.

Family-friendly things to do on the estate

Explore Adventure Corner

Enjoy even more family fun at our newly opened Adventure Play Area. We’ve designed it so that little explorers can make deeper connections to the local landscape and nature through imaginative, natural play. Soar through the air in our accessible swing, clamber over our leaf shaped climbing frame or explore the contours of our willow maze.

The Play Area is suitable for adventurers of all ages, but adult supervision is required. Sorry, no dogs.

Take a walk in the woods

Breathe in the fresh air on a walk through the Wealden countryside. Stomp between the trees in Rockinghill Wood, or stroll along Hollybush Wood boardwalk to see what wildlife you can spot in the meadows. Ask at Visitor Reception for walking routes and maps.

A family with a baby sit on a white bench, surrounded by kitchen garden plants
In the Kitchen Garden at Standen | © National Trust Images/John Millar

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

From making mud creations to watching birds, your next adventure awaits. Experience '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' with the whole family at Standen.

  • No. 1 Get to know a tree: There are lots of fascinating trees to discover at Standen, from acers in the garden to a variety of native species in Hollybush and Rockinghill Woods
  • No. 2 Roll down a really big hill: See how far you can get rolling down the lawn at the back of the house. Challenge a grown up to have a go too
  • No. 16 Wear a wild crown: While on a walk through the woodland, see if you can make a wild crown from sticks, leaves and fallen flowers
  • No. 24 Go barefoot: The lawn is a great place for little explorers to try out barefoot walking while Mum and Dad take it easy. Maybe you could have a barefoot running race? Make sure you bring a towel to clean your feet before you put your socks back on
  • No. 25 Join nature's band: Pick a dry, thick piece of grass that’s quite long for the perfect trumpet – can you make a tune? Or try drumming with sticks you find while on a walk
  • No. 44 Watch a bird: As you walk around the garden and estate you’ll hear many different birds' songs – can you spot the birds and match them to their sounds?
Visitors in the gardens of Standen House, West Sussex

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