Family-friendly things to do at Baddesley Clinton
If you're looking for somewhere where the children can let off some steam, Baddesley Clinton is the perfect place for a family day out. From spotting birds and fish on the lakeside walk to discovering what's growing in the vegetable garden, there's lots of fun to be had in the great outdoors.
Planning your family visit
Here's the information you need at a glance to make the most of your family day out at Baddesley Clinton:
- Baby-changing facilities are located in the accessible toilet in the barnyard area
- The garden has some gravel paths and the lakeside walk, woodland and vegetable garden are now surfaced with self-binding gravel which can be uneven in places
- Snacks, hot food and drinks are available from the restaurant
- The picnic area is located in front of the house. Watch out for the ducks, they’ll expect you to share
'50 things to do before you're 11¾'
There are lots of '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities to tick off during your visit. Here are a few recommendations:
No. 1 Get to know a tree
If trees could talk, can you imagine the tales they might tell? Perhaps your tree has stood tall through battle scenes, or helped new friends to build a den? Has it heard the ‘chee-chee’ cries of baby birds in spring, or felt the winter snow build walls on its outstretched branches? Get to know a tree throughout the seasons, and search for clues in its roots, bark and branches to uncover its story.
No. 6 Go welly wandering
There are lots of paths to be explored at Baddesley around the nature walk and out on the wider estate. Grab those wellies and go on a wander!
No. 8 Spot a fish
Spotting fish is one of the best ways to spend time exploring water in the countryside. It's tricky though, with the fish darting around and trying to avoid you. It’s fun to watch how a fish moves, as it swims and plays with its friends. Some are speedy, while others prefer a slow and steady glide. Watch the water for little bubbles and ripples as the fish come to the surface.
No. 12 Have fun with sticks
Sticks are the best. There are so many ways you can have fun with sticks that we can’t begin to list them all here. Before choosing your stick, you need to decide what you want to use it for. Do you want to create a trail of arrows for friends to follow? Or will you use your stick to make a home for wildlife? Perhaps you’d like to decorate it and use it as a wand?
No. 31 Make friends with a bug
There are lots of creepy crawlies to be found at Baddesley. On your next walk round the woodland why not turn over a few logs and see what you can spot. Don't forget to put it back in place though!
No. 44 Watch a bird
Why not pick a secluded spot in the parkland and see what birds you can see. To be a successful bird watcher, you'll need to be as quiet as a mouse while you keep a look out for our feathered friends.
Wander round the walled garden, courtyard and orchard that make up the garden here at Baddesley Clinton.
From priest holes to the Great Hall, intimate family chapel to blood stains in the library, step inside the house to uncover 500 years of history.
Explore the 150 acres of parkland, open farmland and dense woodland that make up the estate. Relax by the lake, discover the animal sculptures in the woodlands, and watch wildlife.
Find the restaurant serving drinks, meals, light bites and cakes, as well as the shop and plant sales, in the barnyard. Pick up your next read from the second-hand bookshop.
There are lots of things to do when you visit one of our family-friendly places. Find inspiration for days out and discover a range of activities for everyone.
Fancy running free in the fresh air, learning new skills and trying new things? Grab your gear and start your adventure.