Blenheim Palace South Lawn. Photo used with permission from Blenheim Palace.

We can’t think of a better day out for a family with small children than a visit to Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire – especially if you are looking for an idea of how to celebrate with Mum, or even your children’s Grandmothers, on Mothering Sunday – not even two short weeks away.

Blenheim Palace is easy to get to and only about 40 minutes from Cheltenham by car.  Plus with children under five being admitted free and several other family-friendly ticket options available, a trip to Blenheim Palace is good value for money too.

Blenheim Palace is fameous for being the birthplace of Winston Churchill but it’s also the current home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and a World Heritage Site.  You can visit the palace which includes the stunning State Rooms,  the Winston Churchill exhibition and an interactive virtual tour of the the palace over the last 300 years entitled, ‘Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story’.  You can also visit the formal gardens plus there’s 2,000 acres of parkland and Pleasure Gardens to explore.

A fantastic ‘Jazz Brunch’ is offered one Sunday a month in The Orangery and in March this falls on March the 10th – Mother’s Day.  Why not book a table and have your Mother’s Day meal here?   Here’s how the Blenheim Palace Website discribes the setting:

‘This light and airy room, overlooking the private Italian Garden, creates the perfect venue for family get togethers, special occasions, or simply to enjoy a unique dining experience at Britain’s Greatest Palace.’

Lunch at the Palace would make a refreshing break in your day for you all to relax and enjoy a meal together with mum on her special day before heading off to enjoy more of what Blenheim Palace has to offer.

Make sure you leave time to visit the Pleasure Gardens as this could be the highlight for your little ones.  Get there by hopping abord the miniature Winston Churchill locomotive train which originates at the Palace.  Here you can have a wander through the Marlborough Maze – the second largest hedge maze in the world.  There’s giant chess and draughts, the miniature putting green, and the Adventure Play Area.  The Butterfly House houses live tropical butterflies in free-flight, and discover a century of garden tools and machinery in the ‘Blenheim Bygones Exhibition’.

So how do you get the most out of your visit?  We recommend you call at the East Courtyard Visitor Centre upon your arrival.  Here you can chat with a welcome host, at the dedicated visitor welcome desk, who will be able to help you to structure your day based on the interests and time constraints of your family. We hope you venture out to Blenheim Palace for a family day out soon.  With enjoying so much activity hopefully your little ones will sleep in the car on the way home.