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Why children will love a day out in the gardens

Wide open lawns and the space and freedom to explore makes Forde Abbey a great day out for all the family. Adventurers will love our willow labyrinth in the arboretum, watching wildlife on the lake and don’t forget to pick up a children’s pack in the shop for activities to do around the house and gardens. Enjoy lunch and home-baked treats in the tearoom and pick up pocket money gifts and souvenirs on sale in our gift shop.

There are lots of family-friendly dates in the diary for 2020, including outdoor theatre, a weekend of Easter fun with story telling sessions and much more besides. Have a look on our Events page for more information, follow us on Facebook, see what we get up to on Instagram and get monthly news and offers delivered to your inbox when you sign up to our newsletter on the homepage.

Baboo Gelato


Follow the trail around the garden to find the hidden boxes and stamps to mark the trail map. Based on the famous Dartmoor letterboxes, there is a prize draw for completed trails at the end of the season.


On the menu

Family favourites on the menu in the tearooms include lunch boxes, toasted paninis, a delicious assortment of *homemade biscuits and a wide selection of ices made by Baboo gelato – hugely popular with seasonal flavours all year round.

* Gluten free and dairy free choices available.


In the gift shop

On sale in the gift shop, children can find a treasure trove of toys and gifts to buy at pocket-money prices.

And don’t forget to pick up a children’s pack. Playhouse detective for the day with our children’s guide to the house. Discover fascinating facts about the abbey and the people that have lived here and be on the look out for clues to answer some brain teasing questions. Activity sheets, with pictures to colour and games to play, are also available for those aged between 3-5 years old.

Wild Flowers

See how many wild flowers you can identify in our wildflower swirls that come to life over the Summer months – interlocking circular swirls to follow, and woven with a mix of blooms much loved by the butterflies and bees.

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