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Summer Holidays

Fun activities over the summer

Thu 21 July 2016, 10.30am5.00pm

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Summer Holidays

Looking to keep busy over the summer holidays?

Whether there is rain or sunshine, there will be fun and interesting activities to keep all the family entertained over this summer.

Daily Activities 


Tues 26 July – Fri 2 September, 11am – 4pm
Drop into our creative, crafty activity in Fifties-style! Learn how to make a rag rug and take it home with you, or add on to our giant retro patchwork on the wall.


Seaside Sandpit

Sat 23 July – Sun 4 September, 10.30am – 5pm

Grab your buckets and spades and enjoy our new sandpit! Bring a little bit of the sea-side to your visit.


Tools of the Trade Trail

Sat 23 July – Sun 4 September, 10.30am – 5pm

Explore and find traditional Georgian-style tools that may have been used to create our ‘Capability’ Brown landscape.


All-weather explorer backpacks

Until Sun 11 December, 11am – 5pm

Activities for all the family to help discover and explore our Collections and Park, no matter what the weather. Pick up your backpacks and start your adventure!

Discovery Room

Until Sun 11 December, 11am – 5pm

Learn about how the Chinese burnt paper offerings for their ancestors on special occasions, theses were of objects they thought their relatives might need. Then create your own to keep or display in our Discovery Room.



Until Sun 11 December, 11am – 5pm

Explore our diverse collections from around the world, from discovering our stunning Chinese bronzes, unpacking the wonderful stories from the largest collection of British Folk Art in the UK to seeing the beauty and history in our Naples, Northern European and British Portrait Collections.


Out in the Park

We have plenty of activities and sights to enjoy in our historical park. These include;

Special Events

Forest Thursdays

Every Thursday, 11am – 4pm

Open for all ages, join us for nature crafts, den building, bug hunting, mud painting, colour catching and interactive stories around the camp fire.


Wings And WAter

Sun 4 September, 11.00am4.30pm

A great selection of models can be seen throughout the day, including sea planes landing on the lake and drones speeding along. Come and have a go on a large green simulator and see how you can handle a model aircraft.


All of these activities and events are included in a Collections & Park ticket or buy a Family Annual Pass for just £19! Don’t forget under 5s go free.