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Fun family day out


Paddle in the stream, spot wildflowers at the meadow or play hide and seek in the formal garden. With acres of beautiful countryside and endless fresh air, Hestercombe is the perfect place for families to explore. Pick up a wildlife spotting sheet or come back in the holidays to try one of our fun family trails or activities. Find out more about the different areas you can discover here.


Looking for something new to do? We’ve got a fantastic programme of family-friendly events all year round. From wild crafts and trails, to outdoor theatre and holiday activities, there’s something for everyone. Find an event to suit you by browsing our upcoming events here.

Great food

Our Stables Cafe serves a great selection of food perfect for children, including sandwiches, pasta and half portions of our Sunday roast. There’s lots of space for buggies and high chairs and of course we have ice-cream!  Find out more about our food here.

Play area

Next to the picnic area this is a handy spot at lunchtime or for one last play before you head home. Our children’s play area is kitted out with a little slide, playhouses and woodchip underfoot for a soft landing. We think it’s just right for children aged 7 and under.

Visit time and time again

Come as many times as you like all year round with our great value family membership, from just £32 per year.  Whether it’s a winter walk, lazing on the lawn in the sunshine or simply popping into the gallery, membership is perfect solution for family time, whatever the season. Find out more about prices and membership options here.