Things to see & do

Discover these special spaces and places

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Washington Old Hall plays host to all kinds of events - you can join a workshop, come along and meet the staff, or enjoy some outdoor theatre.




There are always seasonal garden trails to complete at Washington Old Hall. Or take the opportunity to discover a bit more about the Hall and the village on our Washington Easy Walk, which you can download below. Please note the audio trail is not currently available.

Don't miss...

  • The feeling of the past in the home of George Washington's ancestors
  • Discover what it was like to live in the 1930s in the Tenement Room
  • Admire the solid oak furniture of Tudor times
  • Check out the collection of 'Washingtonabilia'
  • Stroll through the pretty formal gardens scented with herbs and flower
  • See the newly planted orchard, which will provide native apples
  • Hear the birds in the Nuttery, and see them enjoying the new pond
  • Enjoy tea and cake in the new accessible tea-room in the garden

Our garden wildlife

White letter hairstreak butterfly spotted in July © Ellaine Hush

Durham Wildlife Trust

13 July
1.00 – 3.00pm
Enjoy a guided walk through the gardens, learn more about nature conservation and  build a bee home to take back to your own garden.


Summer nature nuttery

50 things Amy and Alex find out whats in a pond © WOH

From 21 July every Monday until August 25

11am – 4pm
50 Things to do Before You’re 11 and 3/4 join in with nature investigation
MONDAYS  FREE (small charge for some activities)


Bug hotel build

Building insect habitats © WOH

From 21 July every Monday until August 25
11am – 4pm FREE
Part of the Summer Nature Nuttery join in and help create a giant bug hotel in our Nuttery.

The Tempest

The Pantaloons © The Pantaloons

13 August
Come and see the wonderful Pantaloons perform once again in the Nuttery. Watch as they perform William Shakespeare's The Tempest in their vibrant energetic style.