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Family-friendly things to do at Nunnington Hall

Family playing croquet on front lawn at Nunnington Hall in spring
Come and enjoy a family day out at Nunnington Hall | © Annapurna Mellor

There's plenty for all of the family to do on a visit to Nunnington Hall. From art exhibitions to games, crafts and more, including our Lion's Den play area. Visit during half term for extra activities for the kids to enjoy.

Planning your family visit

Here's all the information you need at a glance, to help plan your next day out to Nunnington Hall:

  • Baby-changing facilities are available on the first floor
  • Pushchairs can't enter the house, so you will need to leave them outside the hall or return them to the car
  • Picnics are welcome in the garden.

May half-term 'Fun at the Fete'

This May half term, be transported to the fun of a village fete with themed games throughout the gardens. Have a go at hook-a-duck, test your aim at the coconut shy and pick up a hot dog from the tea gardens in this one-week extravaganza.

Fun at the Fete is on at Nunnington daily between Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June 2024 from 10.30am – 5pm with last entry at 4.15pm.

Father's Day at Nunnington

Join us for a laid-back Father's Day at Nunnington Hall on Sunday 16 June. Treat yourself to fish and chips on the main lawn, and enjoy the music of Bilsdale Silver Band as you relax in beautiful surroundings.

Normal admission charges apply. On 16 June Nunnington is open from 10.30am - 5pm with last entry at 4.15pm.

Follow the link to find out more about our activities at Nunnington Hall: What's on at Nunnington Hall

Young child running through Nunnington's garden during spring
Enjoy activities in Nunnington Hall's garden this spring | © Annapurna Mellor

Family-friendly things to do

Things to do when it rains

For the inevitable rainy days, there is plenty to see and do indoors at Nunnington Hall. This spring we have the British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition, celebrating the diversity of British wildlife and wild spaces, the exhibition aims to raise awareness about British biodiversity, species, and habitats.

Elsewhere in the hall, children can dress up as evacuees and learn about the history of Nunnington Hall during World War Two. Then there's the impressive Oak Hall, the Carlisle Collection of miniature rooms and, of course, the quintessential tea-room in the old dining room offering table service.

The Lion's Den play area

Enter the Lions Den play area where little explorers can climb up, over, and wobble along a natural obstacle course. There are tree stump steps to jump across, a rope bridge to climb across as well as a wooden climbing frame to conquer. There's also a picnic bench for mums, dads, or grandparents to sit and have a rest whilst your little ones burn off some energy.

Bird watching and observation area

Come and see how we garden organically at Nunnington. We've got our compost beds up here so you can see how we break down our waste to reuse around the garden. Help us by feeding your food waste to the RolyPig. Wander along the path to our bird watching area - see if you can spot some of our resident feathered friends. Use the chalk board to write down and tell us what you've seen.

50 things to do before you’re 11¾ at Nunnington Hall

Let the adventure continue and tick off some items from the ‘50 things’ activity list. Here's a few suggestions to get you started:

  • No. 1 Get to know a tree: Head to the orchards and admire our blossoming trees. Which will be your favourite?
  • No. 33 Go cloud watching: Lie back on the lawn and watch the clouds go by. What shapes can you spot?
  • No. 36 Make a home for wildlife: Be inspired by the bug hotel and hedgehog house in the garden - could you help animals in your garden or local area?
  • No. 44 Watch a bird: Head to the cutting garden and take a peep through the bamboo bird hide to see what you might find. Birds can be easily scared, so be as quiet as a mouse and watch them fly in to feed. You might also spot a frog or newt swimming in the pond.
Two visitors stood on the Drawing Room balcony overlooking the garden at Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire

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