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Family fun at East Riddlesden Hall

A mother and children walking through the garden at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire
Visitors in the garden at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

From helping build a bug hotel to making the messiest mud pie ever, here are some ideas for families to enjoy at East Riddlesden Hall.

The Discovery Garden

Tucked away within the trees, this natural play area has lots for little ones to discover. Find the hidden entrance and follow the path to start your adventure.

Cook up a messy delight in the mud pie kitchen, make some music with the chimes. Practise balancing on the rope bridge or use the wheelbarrows to make a hedgehog house with leaves. Why not put on a show in the East Riddlesden puppet theatre, or try to make the giant scales balance?

The newly refubished area is the perfect place for little ones to play. With a shop, castle and ship, imaginations can run wild in the outdoors.

Trim Trail

Can you balance along the beam to the bridge? Can you make it to the end of the trail? Practise your balancing and climbing on the trim trail, tucked away behind the tearoom.

Two children playing in the mud pie kitchen at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire
Children playing in the mud pie kitchen at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

The East Riddlesden Hall bug hotel

Hidden amongst the yew trees in the Discovery Garden, we’re building up this special home for our littlest residents. Grab some sticks, leaves and moss and help add to the many floors of the hotel. See if you can spot any of its guests making themselves at home – but be careful, we need to take care of these lovely little critters.

The formal gardens

Summer is the perfect time to have a picnic on the formal lawns. Pull up a deck chair and enjoy some of the garden games, with skipping ropes, building blocks and tic-tac-toe to play with.

The lower fields

There’s lots of open space on the lower fields, perfect for running off some steam, playing games or flying a kite. Follow the trail alongside the river and pass through our wonderful willow tunnel. The riverside path is also a great place to go on a scavenger hunt – look for leaves, sticks and other natural treasures to use in a fantastic wild art creation.

Two children in coats and wellies walk along the path with umbrellas up towards East Riddlesden Hall, Yorkshire
Visitors with umbrellas, East Riddlesden Hall | © National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Planning for a rainy day?

With indoor crafting available all day and a new craft each week. The Discovery Room makes the perfect place to hide away from the British summer weather. While you're in there you can browse our second-hand children's books for sale or take a tour around the Hall and see if you can spot the mice hidden in the rooms.

Things to do this spring

There's lots happening at East Riddlesden hall for the whole family to enjoy.

Bee resting on a purple flower in a field of wildflowers.
Bee on wildflowers | © National Trust Images/ James Dobson

Buzzing Bee May half-term trail

Try out 10 bee inspired activities in the gardens this May half-term. Inside the Hall there are little bumble bees hiding, can you find them all? Try out some bee crafting in the discovery room and take your creation home with you.

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Visitors looking at a tapestry in the Great Hall at East Riddlesden Hall

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