Summer games

All ages can enjoy croquet like this little boy at Sunnycroft © Derek Wilbraham

All ages can enjoy croquet like this little boy at Sunnycroft

This summer we are digging out all our games for you to play, from old to new. Join us on a sports day, try your hand at croquet 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

Enjoy old fashioned wooden games such as dominoes, skittles, quoits and chess or take to the lawns for a spot of croquet, you can find the opening times here and away you go.

Belton House - Lincolnshire
Charlecote Park – Warwickshire
Canons Ashby – Northamptonshire
Wightwick Manor – nr Wolverhampton
Sunnycroft - Shropshire

Who will be your croquet champion?

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 sporty

Croft Castle in Herefordshire invite you to enjoy a sports day every Monday afternoon throughout summer. Challenge your friends and family to a sack race, bean bag race, hurdles and sprints, will you be the gold medal winner?

Or test out your skills on a new sport, Attingham Park in Shropshire, Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire and Charlecote Park in Warwickshire are all loaning out sports equipment for you to enjoy, from table tennis to badminton rackets, rounders bats to cricket sets.

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.