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Family-friendly things to do at Beningbrough

Man holding a young boys hands as he walks on a small pond wall, woman with a pram, walking under a blossoming arch
Step outside in spring | © National Trust / Annapurna Mellor

Beningbrough is the perfect place for a family adventure. Explore the wilderness play area to build a den and climb some trees or meander through the garden on a steady stroll. Whatever you do when you visit, here's what to expect from your family day out.

Planning your family visit

  • The main car park is around 50 yards from the main entrance
  • There are baby-changing facilities and toilets by the shop and entrance/exit area and in the laundry courtyard
  • Please leave your pram or pushchair behind when you first enter the hall, there are indoor alternatives, hip seats or baby slings available to use in the hall
  • There's even terrain in the garden but the parkland paths can be uneven and muddy in wet weather so pushchairs might struggle
  • Balance bikes and foot-propelled scooters for under fives are welcome in the garden but we ask that you use larger bikes and e-scooters in the parkland only.

Watch as you wander

There's a ha-ha with a sudden drop running the length of the southern edge of the garden. The garden has several open water features and ponds and part of the parkland runs alongside a river.

Winter

Awesome Architect - free family trail

Open Wednesday - Sunday

This winter when you visit, follow two friendly dogs, Dick and Rover, to look closely at Beningbrough’s architecture and design an awesome building of your own. Use your map to find the eight garden panels. Match the architect’s tool on the panel and your trail leaflet, and answer Dick or Rover’s question or have a go at the activity on the leaflet.

Choose the right dog to follow around the trail depending on ages. Dick, the little pup for little children, or Rover, the bigger pup, for older children.

Winter trail ends 17 March.

Two boys sit in a woodland den wearing bunny ears
Let imaginations flow in the den zone | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Easter holidays

Easter egg hunt trail

Saturday 23 March - Sunday 7 April, 10am - 5pm (last trails sold 4pm)

Make your way along the trail and find 10 nature-inspired activities for the whole family. We're all about playing in the garden this Easter school holidays. How low can you limbo? Let your imagination roam in the storytelling den. Have a go at hula and try your hand at egg rolling to name just a few of the activities you’ll face on your way.

Prices are £3 per trail which includes an Easter trail sheet, bunny ears and dairy or vegan and Free From* chocolate egg.

*Suitable for people with milk, egg, gluten, peanut and tree nut allergies.

The National Trust wants to contribute to a better world for people and nature. That is why we source our cocoa responsibly by buying from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.

Help a plant to grow

2 & 4 April, 11.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30 - 2.30pm

Fancy ticking off No. 41 of the '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' playlist? Join the garden team to get you on your way. First up make and decorate your very own paper plant pot. Fill your pot with compost to nourish your seed, and sow a seed to take home and look after. Drop in anytime during the sessions and stay for as long or as little as you need.

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Things to do in the rain

Once you've finished splashing in puddles and testing the build quality of your den, it might be time for something indoors or with a little more shelter.

The odd shower is something to plan for on a day out in Yorkshire.

Discover the wilderness play area

Unleash your wild ones on the 7-metre pyramid tower and slide, or explore the zone for smaller children, where they can climb and get creative in the Wendy house or soar to new heights in a bucket swing.

There's the ever-popular den zone and, for older children, the cantilever swing and clamber stack will test their adventurous spirit.

We always laugh and eat ice cream when we're there. Those are the best days...Oh and fish are always happy to see me!

A quote by Wesley Age 4
Young boy in paper bunny ears walking ina garden ahead of his family
Lose yourself in nature this Easter school holidays | © National Trust Images / Annapurna Mellor

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

What better way to spend your day than trying new activities from the list of '50 things to do before you’re 11¾'? Beningbrough is a great place to become an explorer and you can do around half the '50 things' activities here throughout the year.

Here's just a few ideas to get you started:

  • No. 1 Get to know a tree: With so many to choose from, which will you get up close and personal to? Look out for leaf shapes, textures on the bark and tiny creatures that might live on the tree.
  • No. 12 Have fun with sticks: Let your imagination run wild. Build a den, make a trail or create your own game...they make perfect wands.
  • No. 44 Watch a bird: To be a successful bird watcher, you'll need to be as quiet as a mouse while you keep a look out for our feathered friends. What will you spot?

Overhead shot showing countryside, gardens, hall, walled garden and tree lined avenue

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