Picton Castle and Gardens

Things to Do

Nature Days – 28th, 29th & 30th May

This May 1/2 term why not come to learn more about the amazing wildlife here are at Picton Castle Gardens. Each day we will be offering the following activities with our Education Officer:

  • Pond dipping (at 12pm)
  • Swift and Swallow watching (with staff at 2pm)
  • Mini-beast trail (all day, particularly good for younger children)
  • Nature Art (all day)
  • Small pack of wild flower seeds to take home and plant
  • Natural fleece for nesting birds to take home for your garden birds

All activities and wildlife gifts are included in the admission. Annual Admission Pass Holders can participate for free.

Fairy Door Trail

Peach House Wood is an enchanting place where lots fairies have built their homes. All little visitors to Picton are invited to explore this woodland fairy trail. Each fairy house is built under a special tree and you will learn about these trees too. A trail for young and old, please ask for the free Fairy Door leaflet on arrival at the Ticket Box.

Adventure Playground, Jungle Board Walk and Maze

Younger visitors will find lots to do in the exciting adventure play area and adjacent jungle garden. The jungle boardwalk allows children and adults alike to take an exciting journey through the Gunnera and woodland plantations and the whole family can have a go at finding their way around the maze!

We had a lovely day exploring the grounds of the castle. The castle is surrounded by some pretty well established woodlands with lots of little natural areas for children to explore. The playground was brilliant. It was all built from wood and blended effortlessly into the surroundings. My toddler thought he was in a real castle with a slide and loved balancing his way around the jungle and going through the maze.

Trip Advisor September 2019

Seasonal Activities

We have a variety of different seasonal activities available for families throughout the year. From Welly Walks in the Winter, to puzzle days and lawn games in the Summer. Many of our activities have wildlife or historic themes and can be shared by the whole family at your leisure. There are activity and information sheets to help get the most out of your day. Activities are always offered within your admission and never involve any additional cost to take part.


Geocaching is a type of worldwide online and real world treasure hunt. We have 4 caches in the gardens for you to find. You will need to download the geocache app onto your phone or other GPS enabled device and then can search out the treasure. They are disguised as simple items you might find in any woodland and inside you will be able to record your discovery and note on the website online if you wish.