Families Welcome!

Families are very welcome here at Scampston, and there is plenty on offer to keep the little ones learning about the natural world and the little creatures that live in it.

Being divided into separate areas, with plenty of hedges and hiding places, the Walled Garden is a great place for hide and seek, but please to be aware of the two open ponds.

Children under the age of 5 get free entry to Scampston and you are welcome to bring a picnic and fly your kite in the 80 acre 'Capability' Brown parkland.

Scamp the Mole & his Fairy Friends

Children of all ages love searching for Scamp the Mole hiding around the garden and spotting the butterflies and bees that are attracted to many of the flowers. A Scamp Explorer pack can be borrowed from the Ticket Office. 

New for 2017, Scamp is being joined by his Fairy Friends who help him look after all the other creatures in the trees. Discover our fairy trail in the woodland and their magic. Tie your wish to our wishing tree! 

The Garden Café

The Garden Café is well equipped for children, with highchairs, baby changing facilities, special children's menus and plenty of ice-cream in very enticing flavours. We also offer children’s activity sheets and colouring pencils, so you can have a little calm in which to enjoy your cream tea!

Special Events

The Heritage & Learning Centre at Scampston Conservatory offers a number of seasonal children’s activities – from drop-in craft events, to story-telling, wildlife trails and bug hunts. To see what is going on when you plant to visit, please go to Events (link to Events section, children filter)

Tue 22 Aug 2017 - Sun 29 Oct 2017
Award-winning painter Lesley Birch paints from memory and imagination inspired by remote coasts, green hills and mysterious forests.
Sun 24 Sep 2017
Our autumnal fair returns!
Thu 28 Sep 2017
A richly illustrated talk in the Conservatory at Scampston, giving some insights into both the country and the incredible early mediaeval wooden Stave churches of Norway.
Sat 30 Sep 2017
Learn the art of relief printing with Jenny Weston
Tue 03 Oct 2017
Join Madeleine Wuidart and learn the art of mindfulness in the parkland here at Scampston
Tue 03 Oct 2017
Join experienced florist Liz Wattruss and learn how to create a beautiful floral decoration for your home
Fri 06 Oct 2017
Learn how to use materials from the natural world to create beautiful prints
Sat 07 Oct 2017 - Sun 08 Oct 2017
The garden gates open once again for Ryedale residents!
Tue 10 Oct 2017
Join Madeleine Wuidart and learn the art of mindfulness in the parkland here at Scampston.
Thu 12 Oct 2017
In association with Gardens Illustrated, Scampston Conservatory will be hosting a full day workshop with renowned garden designer Nigel Dunnett. The workshop will explore the immersive experience: dynamic planting design at the human scale
Fri 13 Oct 2017 - Sat 14 Oct 2017
Join artist Kane Cunningham for one or two days and learn how to use watercolours to great effect
Sat 14 Oct 2017
Ideal for beginner photographers or those who are new to digital photography. This is a great way to explore the garden and spend a morning or afternoon with like-minded people. We cover a range of areas such as composition, exposure, focus, manual camera settings, aperture and shutter speed. We can also look at more experimental techniques and ideas such as long exposures to capture movement, zoom effects and out of focus photography.
Tue 17 Oct 2017
On the 200th anniversary of her death, find out more about England's 'first modern woman'
Tue 17 Oct 2017
Learn the art of Tai Chi in the Walled Garden
Thu 19 Oct 2017
Learn how birds, sometimes smaller than a box of matches, manage to navigate half way around the world in a talk aimed at families and young learners
Thu 19 Oct 2017
Join one of our heritage volunteers on a fascinating guided walk of the parkland and learn about the legacy that landscape architect Capability Brown has left on the landscape here.
Tue 24 Oct 2017
Join Scampston's Fairy Godmother's for an afternoon of story-telling with a terrifying twist!
Fri 27 Oct 2017
Join Scampston's Fairy Godmother's for an afternoon of story-telling with a terrifying twist!
Thu 02 Nov 2017
The story of the local craftsmen who were involved in the implementation of the Brownian plans for the Scampston Parkland and Buildings, by Nigel Copsey
Thu 23 Nov 2017
Dr Ridgeway will talk about the work of a curator: researching, understanding and interpreting country house collections
Fri 24 Nov 2017
Create beautiful felted decorations for Christmas with textile artist Jo Hunter
Sun 03 Dec 2017
The perfect spot for your Christmas shopping! Unique gifts from crafters and artisan producers.
Tue 05 Dec 2017
Learn how to make a beautiful wreath for your home
Sat 14 Apr 2018 - Sun 15 Apr 2018
Scampston's doors will open to the local community with free admission to all those with a Ryedale postcode across the weekend
Sat 19 May 2018 - Sun 20 May 2018
The Pickering Game & Country Fair returns once more to Scampston
Sun 03 Jun 2018
Scampston's Spring Plant Fair returns, offering the perfect day out for keen gardeners.