Children's Activities

Forty Hall Estate Childrens Activities

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.

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.

QR Code Trail

Use any QR Code reader or scanner on your smartphone to uncover some of the hidden voices of Forty Hall’s Jacobean servants. Look for the QR codes hidden round the Hall and scan with your phone to find out details about their lives, daily tasks and interests. For further information download our FAQs here.

Dressing Up

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.

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.


Please Put All Costume, Prop And Handling Items Back After Use For Other Children! Forty Small Trail Bags Can Be Collected And Returned From Reception. Thank You.