Knightshayes at war exhibition

Sat 1 August - Sun 15 November
Learn about a hidden chapter in the history of Knightshayes as we bring you the story of the estate during the First World War, when the house was given over as a VAD hospital from 1915-1918. We'll be transforming our Stické Tennis Court, here at Knightshayes where wounded soldiers convalesced. A chance to learn the stories of men who came to Knightshayes for recuperation and tranquility at this peaceful sanctuary, away from the battlefront during one of the most challenging periods of their lives.
Free exhibition

Ranger adventures

28 & 29 August, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Calling all families! Join our Ranger team to help us bash some brambles…then after lunch to say thank you we will make a craft to take home. Bring along some garden gloves and a picnic.
Free event. Ages 6+. Booking in advance is essential.
contact us to book your place

50 things Summer Activities

50 Things: Pond dipping

No. 1 Climb a Tree
20 - 22 August, 10am - 5pm

Climb up into the canopy of a tree in the Woodland Garden.
Age 6+. Session booked in advance. £18.50 per session
Book your tree climb here.

No. 35 Pond dipping in the parkland
30 July - 1 Aug, 11am - 4pm on the hour.
From tadpoles to newts, we’ve got loads to discover- just don’t fall in!
£2 per person

No. 41 Grow it, plant it, eat it
6 - 8 Aug, 11am - 4pm
With a huge kitchen garden discover how to plant, grow and eat your own food.
All £2 per child. Normal admission applies.

The Reluctant Dragon Theatre

The Reluctant Dragon

13-15 August, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Join us this summer weekend for an exciting and heart-warming tale of dragons and Knights. Watch the story unfold in our formal gardens, as the company perform the story of 'The Reluctant Dragon'. Bring along a blanket and a picnic to enjoy this open air play.
Free performances last one hour. Normal admission applies.


'Knitshayes' woolly garden

25 July - 30 August
This summer our formal garden is being taken over by woolly creatures. From birds, to snails and butterflies, search high and low to spot knitted, crochet and felt animals.

If you would like to add to our woolly collection, please drop-off items to our visitor reception by 22nd July. You can also create items at our stand at the Mid-Devon show, so see you there!