Families at Scampston

Spend fun days exploring our parkland trails, picnic by the lake and discover the wildlife found in the walled garden. Fly a kite in the parkland and visit the woodland area to let off steam in our small play area.

The Garden Café serves snacks and drinks, and you are welcome to enjoy your own picnic at the tables outside the walled garden or in the parkland. Enjoy an ice-cream or a sweet treat or choose a lunch option from the children’s menu at our café.

For the Little Ones

Younger children love discovering the sights and sounds of the gardens and grounds using our Sensory Bags and Scamp Explorer packs, which can be borrowed from the ticket office.

For the Older Ones

Our Nature Trail takes families on an adventure across Scampston’s landscape of gardens, woodland, bridges, and lakes to find the creatures inhabited in them. An activity sheet accompanies the journey and is packed with fun facts that everyone will enjoy.

Our Woodland Play Area

Set within the wider estate, our woodland area provides a spacious area that allows children to let off steam and enjoy some good old-fashioned exploring. Featuring a pirate boat, bug hotel, outdoor game table and climbing frame, the woodland is perfect for relaxing and enjoying some quality time together.

School Holiday Activities

We offer a variety of children’s activities during the school holidays, from drop-in craft sessions to dramatic storytelling and energetic games. Our much-admired resident Fairy Godmothers bring stories and games to life with themed activity days ranging from pirates and aliens to dinosaurs and animals. Our activity days can be found on the “events diary” page of our website.
Children's Clubs

Wildlife Club

Our Wildlife Club is organised by the conservatory here at Scampston and takes place once a month. Each session offers a wider range of hands-on fun and adventurous environmental activities, as well as an opportunity for outdoor play, crafts and games.

The club is designed to offer its members the chance to experience nature first-hand, try new and exciting challenges and learn 'outdoor' skills.

Children can also use Wildlife Club to earn the RSPB’s Wild Challenge Award.


Nature Scamps Club

Outdoor story and play sessions for families with children from 18mths - 5yrs, led by our Forest School trained tutor. Our Nature Scamps club takes place each week during term time and offers an opportunity for outdoor exploration, play, craft, games, songs and stories surrounded by nature in the beautiful grounds of Scampston Hall. All sessions include something to take home and a campfire snack.

Practical Information
Baby-changing facilities: Our facilities can be found in the toilets by the Garden Café at the entrance to the walled garden.

Bikes and scooters: Unfortunately, bikes, children’s scooters and other transport toys are not allowed in the walled garden or parkland. We are happy to keep these in a safe place when you arrive at the ticket office.

Pushchairs: The Walled Garden and parkland is flat with good access for pushchairs. If you wish to join a house tour during Scampston Hall’s opening season, the ground floor is accessible with a pushchair. Regrettably, the first floor is not accessible for pushchairs, however this only makes up a very small part of the tour.
Wed 15 Jun 2022 - Sun 21 Aug 2022
Come along to our Garden Cafe and visit Carolyn's stunning art exhibition, featuring beautiful vistas of the Yorkshire Wolds.
jubilee trail
Sat 23 Jul 2022 - Sun 04 Sep 2022
Use your answer sheet to follow our Jubilee Nursery Rhyme Trail around Scampston Parkland and find the answers to 12 famous nursery rhymes ... a self-led adventure that's fun for all the family this summer!
capability brown
Wed 10 Aug 2022
Fancy learning more about our stunning ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland? Join us on a guided heritage walk!
Fri 12 Aug 2022
Join us this summer for some pirate-themed stories, games and crafts in the Walled Garden and woodland! This is part of our activity sessions running throughout the summer holidays.
creative writing
Fri 12 Aug 2022
This one-off FREE session will allow you to experiment, develop and have fun with your own ideas with guidance and tips on word choice, developing characters and use of story structure. Gain some motivation and be inspired to develop creative ideas further.
wool exhibition
Wed 17 Aug 2022 - Sun 21 Aug 2022
This Summer Embracing Wool’s Exhibition will be held in the Walled Garden Conservatory and showcases the work of its members.
Sun 21 Aug 2022
Join us this summer for some jungle-themed stories, games and crafts in the Walled Garden and woodland! This is part of our activity sessions running throughout the summer holidays.
Wed 24 Aug 2022 - Sun 30 Oct 2022
This Autumn, we're showcasing a very unique exhibition in the Garden Cafe, featuring artwork that has been collaboratively created by mother/child duo, Barbara Taylor-Gell and Yaz Ebrahim.
Fri 26 Aug 2022
Join us this summer for some stories, games and crafts about weird and wonderful creatures in the Walled Garden and woodland! This is part of our activity sessions running throughout the summer holidays.
traction engine rally
Sat 03 Sep 2022 - Sun 04 Sep 2022
A fun day out for all the family!
Sun 04 Sep 2022
Flower power!
Wed 07 Sep 2022
Work a piece of traditional embroidery inspired by a bedspread from Scampston Hall
Thu 08 Sep 2022 - Thu 13 Oct 2022
Join this 6-week course to learn about herbal remedies for health and home.
Sat 10 Sep 2022
Learn how to take beautiful photographs using our gardens!
plant fair
Sun 11 Sep 2022
Come along to our Annual Autumn Plant Fair!
capability brown
Wed 14 Sep 2022
Fancy learning more about our stunning ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland? Join us on a guided heritage walk!
Tue 20 Sep 2022
Come and make your own willow woodland deer.
Sun 02 Oct 2022
Awesome Autumn!
Sat 08 Oct 2022 - Sun 09 Oct 2022
FREE visit for all Ryedale Residents!
Sat 08 Oct 2022
On this workshop you will create a unique felt and stitch flower meadow picture based on one of Lynn’s designs.
capability brown
Wed 12 Oct 2022
Last chance to join our guided heritage walk of the stunning ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland this season!
Sun 06 Nov 2022
Fabulous fungi!
Sun 04 Dec 2022
Natural Christmas Crafts!