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Summer sorted with the National Trust’s Summer of Play

Summer sorted with the National Trust’s Summer of Play sponsored by Starling Bank

  • Summer of Play is a chance to discover a world of adventure and play at 184 National Trust places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Enjoy mazes, den-building and pop-up sports days
  • Experience music, performance and storytelling
  • No need to pre-book
  • Under 5s go FREE
  • Summer of Play activities included within standard admission/FREE for National Trust members/guests of National Trust holidays

Sponsored by Starling Bank the National Trust’s Summer of Play invites families to have fun and experience Trust places in new and unexpected ways.

Kicking off in July and taking place over the summer holidays and set against the backdrop of the National Trust’s historic houses and beautiful gardens, Summer of Play activities will have a family-festival feel.

Jam-packed with games and experiences, let imaginations run wild with role play and mini stages. Unlock limitless possibilities to design and build with construction zones, make art and music with nature’s materials, or slip away to a cosy book nook.

Give new (and old) sports a go with games including croquet, tennis and cricket. Get competitive with tug of war and egg and spoon races. Or, put your skills to the test with den building and hay bale mazes.

Designed for families, Summer of Play activities will be dotted around large fields, woodlands and garden areas, so there’ll be plenty of space to enjoy the games and activities as well as picnicking spots, shady rest areas and of course, toilets, cafes and pop-ups offering food and drink.

Carl Greenman, the National Trust’s National Programming and Production Manager said “National Trust houses and gardens have inspired people for centuries and it’s in that same spirit that we’re throwing open the doors and inviting families to have fun at Trust places this summer and let their imaginations run wild.

“Take Hatchlands Park in Surrey where nautical history comes to life with a hay bale pirates lair and a hunt for hidden treasure. In Wiltshire the circus has come to town at the world-famous Stourhead gardens, where activities include plate spinning and tightrope walking. At Chirk Castle in Wrexham join a Medieval knights’ training camp, complete with a dressing up tent and obstacle course.”

Raman Bhatia, Group CEO (designate) at Starling Bank said: “At Starling Bank we like to do things differently, from the way we treat our customers to the way we consider the environment. We believe in fighting climate change, improving access and offering opportunities to those who need it. Through our support of Summer of Play we hope to encourage children to develop a lifelong love for nature, and seek to protect it.”

184 National Trust places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be hosting Summer of Play activities, sponsored by Starling Bank.

For more information on activities taking place on each day of the summer holidays visit nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/family-friendly

And for an extra special day out visit one of the flagship Summer of Play hubs. There are 17 to choose from (below), as part of the total 184 places offering Summer of Play activities this summer.

Anglesey Abbey Gardens and Lode Mill, Cambridge

Get ready for an action-packed Summer of Play at Anglesey Abbey from 20 July to 1 September. Take a dive into five creative play hubs located around the gardens; get your groove on in the disco den, see how many hurdles you can clear in the games area or curl up in the zen zone and enjoy a nice read from the book nook. Check out the lawn games and water play in the creative corner on East Lawn and don’t miss the trundle track in a special area for under-5s. As well as these activities, there will also be a story time session every Monday, a lunchtime disco every Wednesday and bubble shows or craft activities each Friday throughout the summer holidays.

Head to the Anglesey Abbey website for more event details

Accessible toilets. Wheelchair and mobility vehicle hire available.

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

Attingham Park, Shropshire

Archery at Attingham Park, Shropshire.
  • Summer of Play presents ‘Worlds of Play’ at Attingham 19 July–3 September
  • Get lost in The Labyrinth
  • Scramble over the straw ‘Spider’

From the moment you enter Attingham’s gates, you are met with views across 200-year-old parkland to the Shropshire Hills, and the Georgian mansion emerges against the silhouettes of trees. This year Attingham’s seven-acre Field of Play is being taken over with ‘Worlds of Play’ creating a family festival feel with an ever-changing calendar of activities throughout the summer. If this isn’t enough for a great day out, Attingham has everything you need for a summer adventure: with wide open parkland roamed by fallow deer, streams flowing alongside cool woodland paths, a Wall Garden overflowing with growing produce and flowers and a Regency Mansion full of history and stories to investigate. Top it off with a picnic under the dappled light of the apple trees in the orchard or in front of the Mansion where you can play a game of croquet, and it makes for a perfect summer day.

Trampers/Wheelchairs (subject to availability) available to hire. Changing Place facility available with radar key (ask at Visitor Reception).

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Stay: There are five newly-converted barns on the quiet northern part of the Attingham Estate, Tern Barn (sleeps 4 + 2 dogs), Canal Barn (sleeps 4 + 2 dogs), Forge Barn (sleeps 4 + 2 dogs), Smethcote Barn (sleeps 4) and Severn Barn (sleeps 5 + 2 dogs).

Belton Estate, Lincolnshire

  • Summer of Play, 20 July–1 September
  • Craft sessions, sports activities and dancing in the mansion
  • Hobbyhorse races and sandcastle competitions
  • Home to the National Trust’s largest outdoor adventure playground, includes adapted play equipment
  • Miniature train rides through the woods, daily service operates during school holidays
  • The Ride indoor play area is open daily, 9.30am – 5.30pm. Please note that at busy times, families will be given one hour of timed play.

This beautiful 17th-century country house and estate was home of the family of Baron Brownlow for three centuries. Discover Belton’s Avenue of Adventure this summer and set off on a journey to explore some of the countries the Brownlow’s visited. Enjoy playful and interactive activities, from designing your own Chinese Wallpaper , to competing in a hobby-horse race and building sandcastles. With craft sessions, sports activities, dancing in the mansion, and more… there’s plenty of reasons to add Summer of Play at Belton to your diary this year. And no visit to Belton is complete without stopping by the National Trust’s largest outdoor adventure playground and taking a ride on the miniature train through the woods.

Mobility scooter and manual wheelchair hire. Accessible toilets, including toilet with Adaptations in Outdoor Adventure Playground.

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Stay: No.1 Belton, sleeping 6 is a pretty, detached cottage in Belton village, with the whole of the majestic Belton estate on your doorstep waiting to be explored.

Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

  • Summer of Play presents the Garden of Imagination, 13 July–1 September
  • Mazes, den building, music making
  • Calke Explore, natural play area, cycle hire, walking trails, car park, toilets, Changing Places facility and refreshments kiosk also available
  • Every Thursday in August at Calke Explore, enjoy a new balance bike course with ramps, slaloms, and obstacles for little ones to build their confidence on and test out their cycling skills

This summer, families discover a world of adventure and play across Calke’s historic parkland and gardens. Unleash your imagination in the Garden of Imagination, which returns to the Walled Kitchen Garden. A space where kids can unleash their imaginations and run wild in the open meadow. The Slip Garden will also be open for the second year running, offering a tranquil place to escape the noise and a chance to cool down in the shade under the apple, cherry, plum and apricot trees. Calke Explore is open all year round, with a natural play area, cycle-hire facilities, and access to popular walking routes around the estate. Will you explore inside the human-sized badger sett, balance on big tree trunks or take to the Tramway Trail? The Tramway Trail is Calke’s multi-use trail, perfect for beginner cyclists, dog walkers and ramblers alike. It’s also an accessible route, making Calke Explore the perfect base for your outdoor adventures. Enjoy a picnic in the open meadow, go bug spotting at the bug hotel, or build a den in the woods as part of your ‘50 things’. Inside the seemingly abandoned Baroque house, discover a vast collection ranging from an elaborate state bed to a large crocodile skull.

As well as having accessible toilets and a Changing Place, Calke Abbey can provide a wheelchair and tramper for your visit.

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Stay: Southwood House Farm, perfect get-together pad with seven bedrooms, a large garden and miles of parkland walks. Or, for smaller gatherings Thatch Cottage sleeps six and is a beautifully restored thatched cottage with a modern rustic interior.

Castle Ward, County Down 

  • Summer of Play, 6 July–26 August 10am–5pm
  • Five activity zones, including den building, sports and imaginative play areas
  • Additional activities include a treasure hunt inspired by Castle Ward’s past

Strolling through this 820-acre walled demesne takes you along trails that wind their way through atmospheric woodland, parkland and gardens, offering impressive views over Strangford Lough and the surrounding countryside. Families are invited to unleash their adventurous spirits and immerse themselves in the enchanting grounds of Castle Ward. Enjoy a world of playful discovery as you roam the historic estate’s sprawling parklands, where winding trails lead to hidden woodland glades and tranquil lakeshore havens. Explore the grounds, testing your observation skills as you seek out clues and uncover fascinating secrets about the property’s past. When energy levels run high, let loose in the five dedicated activity zones, brimming with den-building challenges, sport activities and imaginative play spaces. It’s a summer escape like no other, where the simple joys of exploration and free-spirited fun take centre stage. Don’t miss your chance to create cherished memories at Castle Ward’s Summer of Play.

A variety of additional support available to help you enjoy your visit, including accessible toilets (Stableyard and Farmyard) wheelchairs, mobility scooters, sensory backpacks and advice

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Stay: Sitting in the farmyard at Castle Ward, Potter’s Cottage (sleeping four) is a dog-friendly, stone cottage with Strangford Lough and miles of footpaths on the doorstep. Castle Ward’s caravan park offers accommodation for tents, campervans, caravans, motorhomes and pods can be hired too.

Chirk Castle, Wrexham

Families enjoying the adventure straw castle at Chirk Castle, Wrexham

Polish your armour and grab your shields as you take on the ultimate challenge at Chirk Castle’s Medieval knights’ training camp. Dress up like a warrior and enjoy constructing your own castle before climbing, balancing, and weaving your way through obstacles made from straw in the field of play. Fun for all ages, there will be plenty to explore and discover, including knight’s challenges hidden throughout the straw bales and mini maze. Then recharge your batteries at the rest station where you’ll find a selection of delicious food and cooling drinks or get creative on our storytelling boards. On selected dates there will be led archery and fencing sessions. Fully trained knights can also look forward to returning to the castle in autumn where they will have to chance to put these newfound skills to the test in the ultimate medieval monster challenge. Steeped in 700 years of history and nestled in the atmospheric Welsh Marches, Chirk Castle is a magnificent 13th Century Medieval fortress that later became a family home for over 400 years. With far-reaching views over the Cheshire and Shropshire plains, 480 acres of working farmland and 4.5 acres of award-winning gardens, Chirk’s estate makes for a stunning backdrop to the perfect summer adventure. And of course, no visit would be complete without an exploration of the Medieval castle itself, with stunning gardens, preserved dungeons and state rooms fit for a king.  There’s something for everyone this summer at Chirk Castle. Throughout your visit you’ll find lovely picnic spots near the play area, in the garden, in front of the castle overlooking the meadow and in our Kitchen Garden.

Accessible toilets are available at Home Farm (RH-transfer) and in the castle courtyard (LH-transfer). One electric Tramper which is capable of exploring the gardens and estate available to book.

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Stay: Chirk Home Farm Cottage, stay in the grounds of 700-year-old Chirk Castle in this pretty stone cottage. It sits just a few hundred metres from the castle in its own enclosed garden. Inside reveals a bright and airy interior with room for four people and two dogs. Ty’r Stocmon, located only a few hundred yards from Chirk Castle, literally means ‘the home of the stockman’ in Welsh and was the home of the estate’s stockman who looked after livestock on the estate. Now, this cottage is ideal for small families or groups of up to four friends, plus two dogs. Or at the top of Offa’s Dyke is House By The Dyke, a 1930s villa is in a great spot for exploring nearby Chirk Castle, sleeping five plus two dogs.

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

  • Summer of Play, 22 July–5 September
  • Play Field with outdoor games, mini stage and straw bale maze
  • Natural play area, Woodland Play Park includes adapted play equipment, Discovery Centre and bike hire and over 20 miles of multi-use tracks also available

Carved out of the ancient forest of Sherwood, Clumber Park is a place of pleasure and playfulness on a grand scale. This year Clumber Park invites you to re-charge, unwind and make treasured memories at Clumber’s Summer of Play. The Play Field will be the centre for family fun, with plenty of opportunities to challenge one another with creative play, loose parts play, active play, nature play and performance play. Conquer the straw bale maze and when it’s time to relax, grab an ice cream and take it easy in the deck chairs and hammocks in the shaded picnic space. A whole host of additional drop-in events will be on offer across the summer school holidays including storytelling, facepainting, sports coaching. Once a ducal estate, Clumber Park has 3,800 acres to enjoy and explore. With over 20 miles of multi-use tracks, it’s the perfect way to explore the woodlands and lakeside views. Whether you want to picnic by the lake, forest or take your dog for a run around one of the many green spaces, you will be surrounded by nature, history and beauty.

A Changing Places toilet (Turning Yard) and accessible toilet available. Mobility scooters are available to hire free of charge. Level or ramped access to all facilities and buildings, with 13 miles of tarmac roads throughout the property. Recommended routes for wheelchair and powered mobility vehicle users.

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Stay: Tucked away in the heart of Clumber Park, between the walled garden and the cricket ground, Kitchen Garden Cottage (sleeps 4 + 1 dog) is the perfect base to explore this country estate.

Croome, Worcestershire 

  • Summer of Play celebrates bugs and biodiversity, 20 July–1 September
  • Forest School sessions, Wednesdays throughout the summer school holidays, whether building dens, climbing trees, or simply soaking in the tranquillity of the forest, every moment spent at our Forest School is filled with joy and wonder led by expert educators. Booking required
  • Hipkiss + Graney Woodland Games Birmingham-based artist duo Hipkiss & Graney are Croome’s Summer of Play artists in residence. Bringing their unique blend of playful, sustainable exploration of the natural world to explore our Pages from Nature theme. Families will have the opportunity to get involved in weekly creative workshops making costumes, props, banners and musical instruments for a grand-finale event celebrating biodiversity, ecology and green space.
  • Artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood’s Big Drawing Day, 8 August 2024, throughout 2024 Croome and Meadow Arts have commissioned Birmingham-based artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood to work with young people from Pershore to create a unique response to our Pages from Nature theme. Croome x Pershore is a new video animation scored with field recordings made by young people from Pershore High School and the Riverside Youth Centre. Drawn elements will be transformed into sculptural interventions created for our Summer of Play. Join the artist as she leads a Big Drawing Day, utilising the same methods and materials used by the young people. Sarah Taylor Silverwood (sarahsilverwood.com)

Rescued from almost total loss, today Croome’s parkland with its snaking river, views over the Malverns and historic temples, follies and statues is now home to all sorts of wildlife. This summer Croome celebrates the wildlife-rich parkland with a bugs and biodiversity themed Summer of Play. Explore the Wild Play Area and help create a bug hotel, make your own mud pies in the mud kitchens and pick up a book in the nature inspired book nook.  Join in with a bug themed obstacle course, wheelbarrow races and head to the stage where you can create your own musical performance fit for an ugly bug ball! For those who prefer their play a little more relaxing, enjoy the tranquillity of the Rotunda with bug inspired yoga and hammocks.  For times when the summer weather brings a little rain, the activity room in the House boasts lots of activities for you to enjoy – why not also try your hand at some nature inspired origami to add to our seasonal installation?

Changing Places toilet (Visitor Centre) and an accessible toilet are available. Trampers available to book in advance.

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester

  • Summer of Play, until 9 September
  • Arts and crafts and storytelling
  • Log pile natural play area

Dunham Massey is a green oasis nestled between the vibrancy of Manchester and tranquillity of rural Cheshire. With its ancient trees, reflective moat and Orangery on the lawn, it’s a total escape from city life. This summer, seek and find among ancient trees, discover natural play along lesser-trodden paths. Enjoy magical moments brought about by special events and activities in the great outdoors, including arts and crafts and drop-in storytelling. Spot the herd of wild fallow deer in dappled sunlight beneath magnificent veteran trees across the 300-acre park. Investigate winding, accessible paths and discover the beautiful floral sights and scents of summer in the gardens. ​​The Log Pile natural play is a wild haven for families – the ideal place for clambering and climbing. Picnic lovers can choose to overlook the Georgian house on the lawn, eat among ancient trees in the North Park, or go in search of the lesser frequented mound by the moat. And when kids and adults tire, seek out the book nook in the Orangery to relax with literature, or venture to the restaurant and café to refuel. ​

At Dunham Massey, there’s a Space to Change facility in the visitor centre, accessible with a Radar key. Personal Mobility Vehicles and wheelchairs are available to hire in advance.

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Hanbury, Hall, Worcestershire

  • Summer of Play, 19 July–8 September
  • Traditional fayre games, sports equipment to borrow, stage area
  • Living history actors, quiet area in Orchards
  • Toddler zone with mud kitchen and sensory activities

A country retreat in the heart of Worcestershire., this summer, Hanbury Hall is offering families the opportunity to experience traditional games and activities from the Victorian and Edwardian eras with a little twist. Have a go at traditional fayre games, such as coconut shy, ball in a bucket and hoopla, then let your imagination run wild with a racetrack where you can choose which race you would like to do or create your own with lots of different items, such as sack race, egg and spoon and even space hoppers. There’s so much on offer from tug of war, giant dominos and skittles to even playing a game of boules on the original bowling green. If you’re feeling super active you can then explore the active zone where you can get involved activities like football and cricket. You can then show your creative side with chalk boards and craft activities and even put on a performance on stage area where you can dress up in costumes. You may even meet some of living history actors who may challenge you to a game or two. If you would like a slower pace, there’s a quiet area in the Orchards where you can relax on a yoga mat or sink into a deckchair and enjoy the sounds of nature all around you. For younger visitors head to the toddler area for a mud kitchen and sensory play activities.

Accessible toilet (Stableyard and Courtyard Kitchen). Mobility scooter bookable by phone. Accessible pathways suitable for wheelchairs and onsite mobility scooter. Ground floor of house fully accessible.

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

  • Summer of Play, 20 July–2 September presents:
    • Sports central with football, tennis, badminton and archery
  • Tudor Entertainment with amphitheatre, feast table, and throne
  • Tot Spot with soft play, wooden blocks, bean bags, and more
  • Nature Nook with bug hotel, mud kitchen, and obstacle course

Winding its way through parkland scattered with ancient oaks, Hardwick’s drive offers glimpses of the famous house, with its golden stonework, turrets, and sparkling glass. The estate surrounding the Hall, covers around 2,000 acres of parkland, woodland, and farmland. Whether you’re feeling sporty, crafty or mindful, there’s a Summer of Play  activity zone for every imagination at Hardwick. Be entertained in the Tudor area, with its amphitheatre, feast table and throne. Get active in sports central and try your hand at tennis, archery, or football, or visit the nature nook to see the mud kitchen, bug hotel, and more.

Changing Places toilet and an accessible toilet are available. Accessible routes in gardens and House (ground floor). Wheelchair/ tramper for hire.

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Hatchlands Park, Surrey

With 400 acres of rolling parkland and woodland, Hatchlands Park is one of the largest country estates in the area. Inspired by naval hero Admiral Edward Boscawen who had Hatchlands Park built families can enjoy nautical adventures this summer. Search for treasure chests hidden in the parkland, enjoy pirate themed games and activities, dressing up boxes and even play in a hay bale pirate lair. Families can also enjoy games on the lawn, including volleyball, badminton, football or tennis. Wizard Wix’s Willow Warren will also be open- the natural adventure area complete with balance beams, bug burrow, sculptures and a tree house. There are also picnic benches and shady spots dotter around the parkland. The newly reclaimed walled garden will become a sanctuary, where visitors can relax on deck chairs surrounded by the delicate scent of sweet peas, fruit blossom and vegetables destined for use in the cafe.

All-terrain Tramper available to book. Wheelchairs available. Accessible toilet (courtyard).

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Killerton, Devon

  • Summer of Play, 20 July–2 September, open daily 10-5pm
  • Six play areas: active, loose parts play, performance, creative, nature and quiet zone
  • Frisbee golf, music, crafts, mini-theatre, building, balancing, exploring
  • Mid-week circus performance skills, sports and nature-based activities

Fun has no age limit and there’s play activities for all. Get ready for an action-packed summer of fun at Killerton. Take part in the mid-week drop-in sessions: circus skills, sports activities, and nature-based activities. With 6 different play areas to choose from. For those who want to burn off some steam, there’s frisbee golf and loose parts play to climb and build. Unleash your inner artist and get creative with arts and crafts equipment. What a performance – there’s even a mini theatre with dressing up. Head over to the nature zone to identify bugs and look for fairy houses. After all that there’s a quiet zone, time to relax with sensory light bubbles and even an outdoor library. There’s plenty of covered areas so play can continue no matter what the weather

Accessible toilets in car park, house and garden. Tramper for hire.

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

Lacock, Wiltshire

Visitors exploring the grounds of Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire in May
  • Summer of Play, 13 July– 1 September​
  • Activity zones including performance, creative and nature themed activities

Lacock is home to a quirky country house with monastic roots and original medieval cloister ( as seen in Harry Potter films) as well as gardens and parkland. This summer, Summer of Play comes to Lacock’s Parkland. Families can weave their way through the grassy paths to discover the play teepees in different zones according to theme (Active, Performance, Creative, Nature and Loose Parts) It will be a mixture of self-lead activities with volunteer led crafts on different themes, at least three days a week.

There is an accessible toilet in the courtyard and a RADAR accessible toilet in the village. There are two mobility scooters, two mountain trikes and one manual wheelchair available to book.

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Stay: In the centre of Lacock village, 2 High Street sleeping five is a 15th-century cottage is packed full of charm and makes a cosy base for exploring Lacock Abbey and the countryside nearby.

 Nymans, West Sussex

  • Summer of Play, 20 July–1 September
  • Play Glade featuring, den building, play stage, arts and crafts
  • Comber’s Field obstacle course and sports day activities

Nymans is a grade II listed garden set around a romantic house and ruins. Discover hidden corners through stone archways, play hide and seek along tree-lined avenues while surrounded by the Sussex Weald countryside. The adjoining woodland, with its dappled light and lake makes Nymans a perfect spot for picnics. The Play Glade by the bookshop is just the spot for families to enjoy playing in nature. As well as den building, stepping logs, natural art and the play stage, there are some exciting new additions to look out for too, especially for the summer! Comber’s Field will once again host a range of fun and active play opportunities. Challenge your friends and family to a race, manoeuvre your way through the obstacle course or see who can win a tug of war. Look out for the play points around the garden too, each with a different activity to try including skipping, badminton and soft archery.

MT Push all Terrain wheelchair available, accessible toilets and Changing Places toilet (in the café toilets). Wheelchair available for house and garden.

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Stay: Woodlands Cottage (sleeps 4 + 2 dogs) is a former game keeper’s house, surrounded by woodland.

Polesden Lacey, Surrey

Families enjoying ‘Summer of Play’ activities at Polesden Lacey, Surrey
  • Grizwald and Griffins Summer of Play, 13 July–1 September
  • Pop-up Children’s Theatre, On Saturdays 3rd and 10th August – People’s Theatre Company will present A Treasure Hunt Adventure Story. On Saturdays 17th and 31st August, The Cat’s Grin Theatre company return with their wonderfully creative and funny interpretations of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Each performance will last for 15 minutes and take place at 11.00, 11.30, 12.00, and then repeat at 1.30, 2.00, 2.30.
  • New, natural play area made using wood from the Polesden Lacey estate now open

A country retreat, only four miles from Dorking and junction 9 of the M25, Polesden Lacey has glorious views across the rolling Surrey Hills and acres of countryside to explore. Head to Crab Apple Orchard for a whole host of playful events and activities all inspired by the fantastical world of Grizwald and Griffins. Families will start their journey by entering through a Fantasy Castle Archway, before they step into a large castle made out of straw. Inside the castle they can find a variety of play items suitable for creative, active, and performance activities. Following on from this, they can find a maze with a podium and additional play equipment.

Accessible toilets (toilet block and small toilet block next to the café). Grounds partly accessible. Courtesy shuttle service. Mobility scooters and wheelchairs available

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Stay: The Regency-style Polesden Garden Cottage (sleeps 6) sits next to the rose gardens of the Polesden Lacey estate. Or, in 1 and 2 Bagden Farm Cottage, a pair of modern, timber-framed barns with views to the Surrey hills, both sleep six and one dog.

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Summer of play at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Stourhead is a world-famous landscape garden and a real family adventure. The twists and turns of the garden paths offer views of what is to come later in your visit. The summer play meadow is  a great spot for families to play and picnic, with opportunities for parents and children to run free and enjoy time together. Divided into distinct and interesting activity zones, this wide outdoor space contains something for everyone. Put on a show or strike up a tune on the instruments in the performance area. Settle into a teepee and search for insects in the campsite. For budding artists, the craft tent always has something to do, and our volunteers will lead you through an exciting new craft at weekly sessions. Construct impressive structures from wooden blocks or build a giant marble run. The picnic hub will be a shady area with lawn games and tables where you can enjoy a well-earned rest. And if, after all that, you’ve still got some energy, enjoy climbing obstacles or why not explore the maze to find the hidden camp and scale the mighty straw bale fort? On selected days join the Wiltshire Scrapstore team in the craft tent in the play meadow for upcycled crafts. Make something together as a family from scrap material and be inspired to create more out of waste at home. On 3 and 4 August learn how to tightrope or slackline, ride a unicycle, plate spinning and lots more in the Big Top play area. There’ll also be huge bubbles filling the sky, and a mini circus show at 2pm each day. And if, after all that, you’ve still got some energy, why not explore the sprawling obstacle course?

Accessible toilets are located next to Visitor Reception in the courtyard, and also in the Spread-Eagle courtyard.

Normal admission charges apply/free for National Trust members

No additional event charges

Stay: 89 Church Lawn (sleeps 7) has the world-famous garden on the doorstep. Stourhead Estate Motorhome Site is perfectly placed in a quiet corner of the Stourhead estate, with room for five vehicles.

That’s your Summer sorted with The National Trust! 

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