Summer fun at The Firs

Child playing Tin Can Alley

There is always plenty to do at Elgar's birthplace, have a look at what we have to offer for the whole family this summer.

Victorian Fun and Games

For the first part of Summer until Wednesday 17 July you can take a step back in time to the Victorian era at The Firs. Don your best chimney sweep or flower girl outfit or dress up using ours. Then you are ready to take on the challenge of our Victorian games.  

Elgar and his siblings used The Firs and the fields of Lower Broadheath as their playground now you can too. Find our Victorian ‘play stations’, take part and learn about Victorian childhood along the way.  By the end of the trail you may have found your new favourite toy or game.

You will find the rules for each in your booklet and depending on your score you will get an A,B,C or D. Depending on how many of each you get – you will get a famous Victorian character to dress up as.  £2 per trail. 

A new-fangled Victorian toy was the Kaleidoscope; make your own to see the world in a very different way. £1.50 per craft.

Dress like a Victorian at The Firs
Girls dressing up as Victorians
Dress like a Victorian at The Firs

Music Makers

From Thursday 18 July your music will fill the air once more at The Firs.

The fairies from the Wand of Youth have been misbehaving and taking our instruments apart; can you become a music maker and fix them?   Around the garden we have six broken musical items, put them back together and then make your own music to make Elgar proud. 

If you fall in love with one of the instruments and want to make more music at home, make your own mini one at our craft table £2.50 per kit. 


With summer fully in swing our more alfresco themed lunches the traditional ploughman’s and vegan sausage rolls can now be enjoyed in the sun trap that is our courtyard dining area. 

Chef Vikki’s seasonal specials include Lavender and Elderflower Drizzle Cake and Lime and Coconut Cake these fruity floral concoctions influenced by the Victorian era most definitely shouldn’t stay in the past. 

We have plenty of perfect places for picnics. Bring your own or pick up your picnic bag for £10 from the Tea-room.

Choose the below items and we will bag it up for you to take to your favourite picnic spot.

  • Sandwich or takeaway soup
  • Crisps
  • Fruit
  • Bake – flapjack, brownie or shortbread
  • Bottle of Water, Tea/ Filter Coffee
Family having a picnic
Family having a picnic
Family having a picnic

Walks around Broadheath

Summer time is great for exploring with family and friends including the four legged variety. We welcome you and your dog to visit all of the exhibition spaces in the Visitor Centre together including our film room. Stroll through the enchanting gardens and pay tribute to the resting place of Elgar’s beloved pets Marco and Mina. Our courtyard dining area means you can enjoy all of the delights of the Tea-room outside before embarking on one of our walks around the countryside of Broadheath.  You will come across a few stiles so unsuitable for prams or wheelchairs.  Pick up your map from reception today.

A perfect place for dog walking
Walking the dog past Elgar mural
A perfect place for dog walking

The Pest Test

The Pest Test has returned to the cottage for Summer – calling all Pest Detectives we need your help to find the creepy crawlies that want to eat our collection. Explore the cottage top to bottom to save our Elgar’s special things. A free hunt to find the wooden boxes hidden in each of the rooms for our little visitors at The Firs.

Our boutique exclusive bug hotel
Boutique bug hotel at The Firs
Our boutique exclusive bug hotel