Families in the woodland playground
Posted 11 August 2020

Gardens Visit

5 outdoor adventures to have this summer

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and into nature. We've compiled five easy adventures to have either at home or in the gardens at Waddesdon to keep the whole family entertained.

1) Picnic in the wild

A family with young children enjoying a picnic

With plenty of room in the grounds and many idyllic spots to enjoy an al fresco lunch, we’ve popped together some suggestions for where you can spread out your blanket.

See our top picnic spot picks>


2) 50 things to do before you’re 11¾

Create wild art, build a den or get to know a tree. These are just some of the fun adventures you can have this summer with 50 things.

Discover more 50 things activities>


3) Photograph nature

Photography course for children and teens

Take inspiration from British photographer, Nick Knight and the incredible exhibition ‘Roses from my Garden’ in the Coach House gallery and have a go at photographing flowers on your phone. Use this tips sheet from Sharp Shots to snap like a pro.

See top photography tips>

More about Sharp Shots>


4) Discover nature through the senses

A young visitor smelling roses in the gardens

Follow this trail as you wander through the grounds and experience Waddesdon through your senses. Touch the rough surface of the tree ferns and stop to listen to the birds sing in the Aviary.

Download sensory map PDF>


5) Become a bird watcher

A Rothschild mynah bird

Keep your eyes peeled for wild birds, from small blue tits to giant red kites. Don’t forget you can also watch and listen to the birds call in our Aviary, some of which are quite rare.

More about the Aviary>

Some top tips for bird-watching>