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Things to do for families at Brockhampton

Mother and child sat on a bench with house in background at Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire
Mother and child sat on a bench with house in background at Brockhampton Estate | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

Head to the great outdoors for a family expedition at Brockhampton. Whether you want to burn off steam along our orchard play trail, explore the history of the manor house, or take part in a half term or holiday children's trail, there is so much to discover at Brockhampton. Here are just a few suggestions of how you can spend a fun-filled family day out here.

May half term - Green Man children's trail

25 May - 2 June

This May half term discover spring in the orchards at Brockhampton, look out for the many faces of the Green Man and learn more about the natural world with our children's trail.

Running from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June. Trails cost £3 per person and include an activity sheet, colouring pencils, and a prize.

Orchard play trail

The orchard play trail is fun for all the family. Wind your way along the hard-standing, accessible orchard paths through the old and new orchards. Discover the largest orchards cared for by the National Trust, including 21 acres of newly planted fruit trees, which span three fields. Can you spot all of the wooden orchard sculptures, hidden among the long grass?

Step inside the apple core, designed by artist, Walter Jack. These five chambers house different fruit trees from around the world and visually describe the tale of the eating apple.

Run, jump and skip around the natural play equipment that you find along the way, including tunnels, stepping logs and more. Become the captain of the 'Hereford Bull' trow boat, which takes pride of place in the new orchards. Although you might be surprised to find a boat in the middle of the orchard, trows used to transport goods, such as fruit and cider, from Herefordshire down the River Severn and River Wye. Step aboard and imagine sailing down the river with your freshly harvested orchard apples.

A spiral of logs placed flat-side up in the grass that make up part of the natural play trail at Brockhampton
Enjoy a natural play adventure at Brockhampton | © ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

Walking on the wider estate

You can download or take a photograph of the walks map of the estate if you feel like going a little further. The walks meander through woodlands, dingles, streams and orchards and consist of some great panoramic views at the top of the estate.

If you’re planning a woodland walk then keep your eyes peeled for deer and birds of prey such as red kites, buzzards and kestrels. Lawn Pool, on the yellow walk, is a great spot to stop and watch fish and closer to the manor, in the moat, you can sometimes see newts sunbathing on warm days, as well as the resident mallards and moorhens.

A family exploring inside the manor house at Brockhampton, Herefordshire
A family exploring inside the manor house at Brockhampton | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

Another fun self-led thing to do is to download or print a copy of the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ guide to bring along with you. Here there are 50 activities to try as a family outdoors which can be used over and over again.

Medieval manor house

Discover Brockhampton through the ages in the manor house. The house volunteers are always willing to tell you more about the history of the house.

There is plenty to keep your little ones entertained, including dressing up, playing with the model house and taking part in the free spotting trail every school holiday.

An older man raises a steaming hot drink in a takeaway cup up to his mouth

Eating and Shopping at Brockhampton 

Find out the places you can rest and refuel or treat yourself to a pre-loved book to take home at Brockhampton. From classic favourites in the café to pre-loved stories in the second-hand bookshop, every penny spent in the café or shop helps us to look after Brockhampton for future generations.

Carpet of bluebells in the woods at Brockhampton, Herefordshire

Exploring the estate at Brockhampton 

Explore the wider estate and parkland and look for the flora and fauna you can spot on a seasonal walk over this 1,700-acre estate.

Children exploring the pond in the Italian Garden at Mount Stewart

Family-friendly places to visit 

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.

A child looking surprised in the garden at Belton House

Family-friendly places to visit in Worcestershire and Herefordshire. 

From adventures in nature, outdoor trails and welly wanders, to seasonally inspired crafts, activities and games, there are lots of events and activities on offer with the National Trust in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Two girls exploring the woodland trails at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ 

Fancy running free in the fresh air, learning new skills and trying new things? Grab your gear and start your adventure.