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Family-friendly things to do at Coughton Court

A mother and son stand on a bridge in the garden at Coughton Court, Warwickshire
Play Pooh sticks on the family walk | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

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.

Sensory Backpacks

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.

Family exploring the grounds at Coughton Court, Warwickshire
Family exploring the grounds at Coughton Court | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

'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.

Timm's Grove

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.

Visitors walking along a hedge-lined path with the house behind them in the garden at Coughton Court, Warwickshire

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