Summer games

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The relationship with games and sport goes back a long way at many places and summer and the sunny weather it brings is a great time to get out and about and take part. Try your hand at quoits or skittles or simply bring along your own footballs, rounders bats and cricket sets to play in the parklands and countryside that we care for.

Traditions on the lawns

Who will be your garden games champion?

Enjoy old fashioned wooden games such as dominoes, skittles, quoits and chess or take to the lawns for a spot of croquet at a host of places across the Midlands

Ever tried your hand at bowls?

Hanbury Hall in Worcstershire is home to the National Trust’s only bowling green. Sir James Thornhill used to enjoy a relaxing game of bowls, now it’s your turn.

Get historical

Croft Castle in Herefordshire invite you to play like an Edwardian and enjoy wartime fête games this summer.
Meanwhile Moseley Old Hall are encouraging you to try some Seventeenth Century games including paille-maiile and nine pins.

Hide and seek anyone?

Who can resist a game of hide and seek? The Garden of Imagination is back for another year at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire and is perfect for hiding in long grass, willow tunnels or even the giant bee hive.

Take a trip back in time

Ever wondered what games the people who used to live at the places we care for played with their family and friends?

Find out more about the traditional games and pastimes enjoyed over generations.