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Things to do with family at Croome

Boy stirring pots with a wooden spoon in the mud kitchen at Croome's Natural Play Area.
Natural Play Area at Croome | © Shaun Fellows

There's nature walks across the extensive parkland, a natural play area with giant birds nest, den building, mud kitchens, and an RAF themed play area. Croome is a great place to meet up with family and friends for your fun packed days out.

Planning your visit

  • Free entry for under 5's.
  • Baby changing facilities at RAF visitor centre and at the House.
  • Pushchair friendly paths across the park.
  • 20-minute walk via pushchair friendly parkland route from RAF visitor centre to the House.
  • Cafe at the RAF visitor centre is open daily and the cafe in the House is normally open at weekends.
  • Highchairs available in both cafe's.
  • We welcome training bikes for children aged 5 and under (tricycles, scooters, balance bikes without pedals and starter bikes with stabilisers). No other bikes are permitted.
  • Ten sensory backpacks are free to loan from visitor reception. The backpacks include ear defenders, sunglasses, magnifiers and sensory toys including fidgets. We hope they will help visitors with autism, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, or those that think they would benefit from them during a visit to Croome.

Natural Play Area

The Natural Play Area is a great place to explore inventive and creative play. They can test their balance on tree trunks, sit on the wooden throne and scramble over logs amongst the trees. They can explore make-believe in the giant birds nest, with mud kitchens, endless sticks for den building and loose parts to create their own space inside the dens.

Feathery Friends

Get to know our Feathery Friends and learn about some of the birds that visit Croome.

  • Pick up an activity sheet: Enjoy a fun-filled activity sheet which includes a bird spotter tick list, and locations to find your feathered friend adventures across the parkland - £2 per activity sheet (normal admission applies).
  • Discover the life-size bird display: Compare your arm span to different sized birds with the life-size bird display.
  • Play in the giant bird’s nest: Imagine yourself as a feathered friend in the giant bird’s nest.

RAF themed playground

Children can let their imagination run wild in the RAF themed playground with a control tower, scramble net, bunker, slides and swings.

Child in the play area at croome
RAF play area | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

Acres of parkland to explore

Explore temples, follies and statues around every corner of the lakeside in the ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and it's a great place in the park to spot wildlife too.

Potter & Ponder map

Our sensory ‘Potter & Ponder’ map encourages our visitors to experience the beautiful parkland using touch, sight, sound, taste and smell during their visit. Download your map below of pick up a free copy at our Visitor Centre.

Potter and Ponder map download

Potter and Ponder Makaton guide download

child looking at potter and ponder map
Potter and ponder | © Jack Nelson

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

Do you know about the National Trust '50 things to do before you're 11¾'? You can tick off some of the activities while you're at Croome; build a den, create some wild art, explore inside a tree and much more. Croome is one of the best places to have a go at the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ challenges.

Which will you take on?

Find out more here: 50 things to do before you're 11¾ | Visit | National Trust

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Snail race | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

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