Family-friendly things to do at Coughton Court
There are lots of things for families to enjoy in the house, garden and on the wider estate at Coughton Court. From riverside strolls spotting kingfishers and herons to countryside walks exploring ancient woodland, your next adventure awaits you.
The property is now closed for winter.
The property is now closed for winter. We look forward to welcoming you back on 10 February 2024.
Planning your family visit
Here's the information you need at a glance to make the most of your family day out at Coughton Court:
- Baby-changing facilities are located in the stable yard
- There are gravel paths throughout the garden
- Hot and cold drinks, light snacks and soft scoop ice cream are available in the café
- Picnic areas are located next to the stable yard and car park.
We want to make everyone's visit as enjoyable and comfortable as we can so we've recently introduced sensory backpacks free to borrow during your visit here. They include noise reduction headphones, sunglasses, fidget toys and communication cards.
Please chat to a member of the Welcome Team to find out more.
Family-friendly things to do in the garden
The Throckmorton family of Coughton Court spent long days relaxing by the river, playing garden games and spending quality time together, and a family day out here allows you to follow in their footsteps.
There are lots of adventures to be had, from spotting birds on the riverside walk and discovering ancient woodland, to seeing what's growing around the garden.
Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the lakeside and don’t forget to explore the giant plants growing in the bog garden, and there's lots of wildlife to look out for along the riverbanks.
'50 things to do before you're 11¾'
Pick up a '50 things to do before you're 11¾' booklet from visitor reception and start ticking off the activities you can do here at Coughton. From creating wild art to playing pooh sticks over the river, there ae lots of activities to tick off. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:
No. 4 Build a den
If you go over to the woods today you can try den building. There are lots of branches lying around so please don't pull any off the trees. Can you build one big enough to get into?
No. 7 Fly a kite
Cross over the river bridge towards Timm's Grove and there's a wide open field just right to practise flying your kite. Will yours fly?
No. 18 Create some wild art
Take a look at all the beautiful things lying around. Can you make a picture or a sculpture from them? Twigs can make a really artistic frame. Take a photo and maybe even print it out when you get home.
No. 19 Play Pooh sticks
There are several bridges here that you can use, one is by the ford which is on the family walk. Check which way the water is flowing before you throw.
No. 31 Make friends with a bug
Bugs often hide from predators so you have to hunt for them. Try turning over a piece of bark or moving some fallen leaves to see what you can find.
Over in the woodland discover the natural play trail where a lot of activity has taken place over winter with new stepping logs, a music wall and a mud kitchen. If you want to extend your walk head across the fields to the ford and see if you can spot any wildlife there before returning to Coughton.
The Throckmorton family created and manages the award-winning garden at Coughton. Highlights include the walled garden, lake, knot garden, vegetable garden, orchard and bog garden.
Explore the house and collections at Coughton Court, which has been home to the Throckmorton family for over six centuries and continues to be their home today.
A trip to Coughton wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the café and shop. Indulge in a delicious cream tea, pick up a souvenir, or grab your next read from the second-hand bookshop.
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Run free in woodland play areas, follow a nature trail and make new memories together – we've got lots of ideas for days out with the kids near you.