With stunning gardens, parkland and miles of countryside there is lots to do. Families can explore natural play areas, enjoy a picnic, or wander around a quiz trail.  Not surprisingly, the gardens at National Trust properties will be delightful and are perfect for relaxing in over the warmer months. 

The ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ scrapbook is still going strong and includes simple pleasures such as climbing a tree, pond dipping, flying a kite and making a daisy chain. Pick up a copy at your local property, or download a copy from the NT website.

Example activities below:


Chartwell: Winston’s hobby trail

Daily from 4th July to 6th September, 10am-4pm

Find out what Churchill loved doing in the gardens and woodlands at his family home.

Usual admission charges apply (£1 donation per child)

Knole - Deer Diary

Every Thursday from 30th July to 27th August, 11am-3pm

Pens, pencils and hooves at the ready – budding authors are being encouraged to write from the perspective of a deer over the last 100 years at Knole. Led by young poet Ella Frears from Spread the Word, ‘Deer Diary’ is a creative writing and multi-sensory storytelling event for all the family in the county’s only medieval deer park. Extracts will be available in Knole’s new bookshop café

Free event

Normal admission charges apply


Bateman’s: First World War weekend

From 1st August to 2nd August, 11am-5pm

Join us for re-enactments, an encampment with ammunition store, a large model First World War aeroplane, mess tent and more.

Normal admission charges apply

Birling Gap - Frog Firle open day

7th June, 10.30am-3.30pm

Explore Frog Firle, a traditional Sussex farm, on our family open day. Join us for a day of farmland crafts, traditional farmer’s games like welly wanging, walks and activities before enjoying a cream tea in the barn. You will also discover the history of the farm and the wildlife secrets of the floodplain ditches and the chalk grassland of Cradle Valley.

Free event

There are numerous activities on the National Trust website: