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Things to do with family at Croome

Boy reaching up to touch a giant green bauble hanging from a tree in the parkland
Christmas at Croome | © John Millar

Croome is a great place to meet up with family and friends for a winter day out. With winter walks, a natural play area with giant birds nest, den building, mud kitchens and more, the RAF play area with lots of themed play equipment, and Christmas family activities to enjoy. Find out more and plan your family day out at Croome.

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.

Christmas at Croome:

Saturday 25 November - Friday 5 January

  • Seven Birds of Croome family sculpture trail - The very talented artist MrASingh has worked with us to help local community groups decorate large bird sculptures for our Seven Birds of Croome parkland installation and winter trail (free to explore). Expect brightly coloured sculptures dotted around Croome's parkland bringing plenty of festive cheer. Pick up a family activity sheet with a pack of pencils, try out the activities and uncover a secret word as you follow the trail, revealing a location where you can turn your sheet into an origami aeroplane and send it flying through the air. Once you've finished the trail head back to visitor welcome to collect your lucky dip prize. Activity sheet, including pencils and lucky dip prize costs £2 (normal admission applies).
  • Magical origami installation and elegant sparkle - Visit the House at Croome to soak up the festive atmosphere and explore the magical origmai installation in one of the historical stairways of the House. It's a perfect opportunity for capturing creative photographs of your festive day out.

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.

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

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

Children having a snail race on the pavement at Mottisfont, Hampshire
Snail race | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

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