Dyrham Park launches programme of daily children’s activities this summer

Dyrham Children playing in meadow (c)National Trust / Tom Boden

Den building, tractor cleaning and dry stone walling are just some of the kids’ activities on offer at Dyrham Park during the summer holidays.

The National Trust team is putting on more than 50 activities throughout the six-week school holidays and is a great place to tick off things from the popular 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenge.

Dyrham Den Building at Dyrham Park (c) National Trust / Beth Weston

Dyrham Den Building at Dyrham Park (c) National Trust / Beth Weston

Just a stone’s throw away from the cities of Bath and Bristol, Dyrham Park has 270 acres of parkland, large formal garden and 17th-century house to explore.

The Old Lodge outdoor play area is a hive of activity during the summer months, home to a thriving allotment and harvest table with produce to help yourself to. It also hosts a series of activities, including wild art, nature crafts and salad-making.

The lesser-known Badminton Plantation will host more outdoors activities, including a Forest School and wild cooking session, while the West Garden is the place to undertake some pond dipping.

Dyrham Pond surveying at Dyrham Park (c) National Trust / Beth Weston

Dyrham Pond surveying at Dyrham Park (c) National Trust / Beth Weston

Dyrham Park’s Outdoors Officer Beth Weston said, ‘if the recent weather is anything to go by, we’re in for a hot summer and we’re urging everyone to get outdoors and enjoy the best the south Cotswolds countryside has to offer.

‘Although there’s plenty to do here, from deer hunting to playing in Old Lodge and Hollow Ways natural play areas and enjoying a picnic with family and friends, we thought we best keep the kids entertained with even more things to do this summer.

‘We want to help young explorers not only get stuck in and create things, but also learn more about nature – the trees and wildlife in abundance here at Dyrham Park.’

Dyrham Kite flying (c)National Trust / Matt Lapham

Dyrham Kite flying (c)National Trust / Matt Lapham

Please see below for a full list of events:

Regular events

  • 50 Things Challenge Day (every Sunday during school holidays)


Each Sunday we will have a different challenge (from the National Trust’s 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenge) for you to complete during your day out in the park. Once you have completed the challenge you can pick up a sticker for your 50 Things Challenge book.

  • Family Nature Trails (11am and 2pm every Tuesday and Thursday during school holidays)


Meet our trail guides at Visitor Reception to have a go at bug hunting, pond dip-ping and more. No need to book and everything you need will be provided.

Ticketed events – pre-booking essential

  • Forest School (10.30pm-12noon & 2.30pm-4pm, Mon 22 Aug)


  • Join us in a magical woodland setting for woodland skills, crafts, den building, campfires and more. 5—11 yrs. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 15 places maximum per session. Child £10. Booking essential, please call 0117 9371333.
  • Family Bat Walk (8-9pm, Wed 24 Aug)


  • Join us as we explore the park looking out bats at night. Meet in the car park. Please bring a torch, bat detectors provided. Adults £5, children £3. Booking essential, please call 0117 9371333.

Individual activities – free of charge, normal admission applies

  • Posy Making at Old Lodge (12noon – 1pm, Sat 23 July & Fri 12 Aug)
  • Den Building in Badminton Plantation (12noon – 2pm, Mon 25 July)
  • Pot Painting at Old Lodge (12noon-1pm, Wed 27 July)
  • Salad Making at Old Lodge (12noon-1pm, Fri 29 July & Wed 24 Aug)
  • Terrific trees & den building (12noon-2pm, Sat 30 July)
  • Storytelling at Old Lodge (12noon-2pm, Mon 1 Aug, Mon 22 Aug & Fri 26 Aug)
  • Fly a kite at Old Lodge (12noon-2pm, Wed 3 Aug & Fri 19 Aug)
  • Flowers & Butterflies Craft at Old Lodge (12noon-2pm, Fri 5 Aug)
  • Tractor cleaning at Old Lodge (12noon-2pm, Sat 6 Aug)
  • Cob making at Badminton Plantation (12noon-2pm, Mon 8 Aug)
  • Pond Surveying in the West Garden (12noon-2pm, Wed 10 Aug)
  • Dry Stone Walling at Old Lodge (1pm-3pm, Sat 13 Aug)
  • Planting Food at Old Lodge (12noon-2pm, Mon 15 Aug)
  • Wild Art at Old Lodge (Wed 17 Aug)
  • Wild Art – Natural Weaving at Old Lodge (12noon-2pm, Sat 20 Aug)
  • Owl Pellet Dissection at Old Lodge (1-2pm, Sat 27 Aug)
  • Wild Cooking at Badminton Plantation (12noon-2pm, Mon 29 Aug)
  • Create wild bird feeders at Old Lodge (12noon-2pm, Wed 31 Aug)

Dyrham Park is situated just off junction 18 of the M4 – 8 miles north of Bath and 12 miles east of Bristol. The park, garden, tea-room and shop are open 10am-5pm Mon-Fri and 10am-6pm Sat & Sun (last entry one hour before close). Free entry for National Trust members and under 5s – otherwise £5.20 for a garden and park ticket and £12.50 with the house included.

For more information, please visit the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrhampark or call 0117 937 2501.


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