A choice of free self-directed activities are available for families with children during our opening hours:
‘Forty Small' Trail Bags
This tactile photographic trail on a keyring will ask children the question ‘Can you find?’ and using glimpses of fascinating details from the interiors of the Hall lead them on an adventure of discovery. Turn over the page to reveal an exciting historic fact about it to share with others. Each trail bag requires a £5.00 deposit.
Hidden Trail Chests
Our four Hidden Trail Chests are for children aged 4-11 and are located around the Hall, enabling them to explore the rooms and their histories for themselves. Each chest has been hand carved and built in a Jacobean style and contains activity suggestions, handling items, costumes, and resources.
Dress up as the princes and princesses who stayed in the Tudor Elsyng Palace in the Elsyng Room on the top floor or characters from Nicholas Rainton’s Mayoral Pageant in the Family Room on the first floor.
Build a Palace!
Look at the artist's impression of King Henry VIII's Elsyng Palace and have a go at building your own!
Historic Kitchen Role Play
Pretend you are a cook or servant in the historic kitchen. Create a C17th ‘Grand Salad’ according to an old recipe, check your supplies in the Spice Cupboard or see if you can apply your strength to our replica butter churn.
Traditional Board Games
Chess, draughts, backgammon... take your pick. No hurry - settle down for a leisurely game in our 1939 room and the Great Chamber.
Reading and relaxing
Choose from a selection of books for all ages to read in splendour.