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Family fun at The Weir Garden

A family walking down a path towards the camera, surrounded by trees and foliage
Family exploring the riverside garden | © ©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Take a stroll next to the river, do some wildlife spotting, let of some steam in the natural play area, and play a game of hide and seek in nature's playground.

May half term - The Wind in The Willows children's trail

25 May - 2 June

This May half term explore the banks of the River Wye, following the nostalgic tale of the Wind in the Willows. Join Mole, Rat, and Toad on an adventure searching for clues and completing the activities as you go.

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

Exploring in nature

Unwind as you make you way around the weaving pathways, spot the 1920s features such as the boathouse and rockery, listen to the bubbling river as you look for birds and mammals and enjoy the seasonal delights of the walled garden.

The riverside garden and walled garden are ten acres altogether, so make for a lovely family stroll. The garden is built onto the banks of the Wye so is not really suitable for pushchairs due to tree roots and steps, but little legs will be fine wandering around with a little extra help.

Boy climbing upside down on a rope between trees, and a man in the background pushing a child on the tyre swing.
What will you discover at The Weir Garden? | © ©National Trust Images/Paul Harris


The play area is a great spot also let off some steam. Climb aboard the secret tree house and exploring the trees. Spot creepy crawlies in the wild garden and find all the colours of the rainbow in the rockery.

There’s no better place to spend a day, having good old fashioned fun. Maybe play hide and seek or see what you can spot under rocks together. There’s no age limit to spending good quality time together, bring your camera and make memories that will last a lifetime.

A mother and her two children excitedly observe from a window at the bird hut in the Weir Garden.
A family in the Bird Hide at The Weir Garden | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

The National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾' is a great way to try some self-led activities in the garden. Print or download the list here and discover what fun activities you can try whilst here.


There are no catering facilities or shop at The Weir but ample spots to sit and eat a picnic. The WCs are located at the top of the riverside garden and include baby changing facilities.

A woman walking over a wooden bridge with lots of bushes and trees underneath it and around it. Far below on the left, there is a river.

Things to see and do at The Weir Garden 

Explore the garden on the banks of the River Wye and discover the unusual walled garden, restored glasshouse, rockery and rustic hut.

A group of people gathered together in the grounds at Stowe in Buckinghamshire discussing the tasks that need to be done for the day

Volunteering opportunities at The Weir Garden 

Help maintain the natural beauty of The Weir Garden on the banks of the River Wye by joining the volunteer team.

The River Wye viewed from the Summer House, The Weir Garden, Herefordshire

The history of The Weir Garden 

The Weir Garden has a rich and varied history, from Roman settlement to family garden. Discover the stories of times past and learn about the garden’s history.

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.