Take the kids to the working farm, to experience rural life as it was in the 1930s, feed the goats and hens and see some rare breeds. When the weather is good, head for the woodland play trail and the den building area. And every Sunday from early May through to the end of September, there is story-telling in the woods. And if the weather isn't on your side, there is a story room with books and an indoor play area.
Explore the sublime estate with its herds of red and fallow deer. The best way is by bike – bring your own, or hire them (01625 374458; children’s bikes, child seats and trailers available). If you’re setting out on foot, you can buy Nature Trail booklets from any of the estate shops. And for the young twitchers, make sure you head to the new bird hide.
Take a costumed guided tour of the Tudor Old Hall, the oldest building on the estate and frequent host to many special events, including historical reenactments and open-air theatre in summer.
Let the kids run riot fun in the free adventure playground, with equipment suitable for everyone from toddlers to teens. Sometimes there’s a carousel and other small rides and fairground stalls alongside it, which can gobble up the contents of your wallet.
Check out the ‘What’s on’ page for the busy program of events, which change yearly but might include a Scarecrow Festival, a Teddy Bear Easter Festival, Lambing Week at the farm, a Medieval Fayre, a Viking Day and Halloween Hauntings. In summer, heard for one of the picnic concerts, some including fireworks displays.