Summer Fun at Anglesey Abbey

There's lots to see and do at Anglesey Abbey over the long summer holidays. Here's a few suggestions for a great family day out.

Inspirational Ideas

A good place to start is the Inspiration Station close to the main Visitor Centre. It's packed with great ideas and equipment to help plan your adventure. There are always plenty of staff and volunteers around so please ask if you have any questions. 

Wild Adventures

Head to the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area for a real family adventure in the woods. 

Record what  you see from the Wildlife Watch Hut and check-out the guests at the Insect Hotel. See the amazing views from the giant Limetree Lookout Treehouse and burn off some energy in the natural play area. 

The Lime Tree Lookout at Anglesey Abbey
Children playing at Hoe Fen, Anglesey Abbey
The Lime Tree Lookout at Anglesey Abbey

We also have a number of special activities for young children during the summer break. These run every Tuesday & Thursday and include Bug Hunting, Making things with Clay & Sticks, Den Building, Art Printing, Making Mud Pies and Discovering Moths & Butterflies. Click here to see the full programme and reserve your place by calling Visitor Reception on 01223 810086.

Fancy living here?

Take a peek at Lord Fairhaven's luxurious house. Lookout for the amazing clocks, including the magnificient Pagoda clock - what happens when it chimes?

Travel through a day in the life of the Lord Fairhaven's home. Our team will help you experience the sights, sounds and even the smells that were a part of Lord Fairhaven's daily life.

Experience the sights, sounds & smells as we recreate a day in Lord Fairhaven's house in the late 40s
Conservation Engager dusting with a feather duster
Experience the sights, sounds & smells as we recreate a day in Lord Fairhaven's house in the late 40s

You can also hear special talks about Lord Fairhaven's home, his lifestyle and passions in the Oak Room, Library and Galleries. Or stop by the Upper Gallery and watch our conservation team at work and find out how we look after this special place.

50 things to do before you are 11¾s

Collect your Wild Adventure scrapbook from the Inspiration Station; its packed with 50 great adventures to complete before you're 11¾s - don't worry you can be older - even adults like taking part.

You can tick off a number of the 50 things challenges including Climb a tree (No.1),  Build a Den (No. 4), Make a trail with sticks (No.12), Create some wild art (No.18), Find a Geocache (No. 49). Check our "Whats on" page for details of 50 things themed events throught the summer.

Make sure you get a sticker when you complete each activity or get an adult to sign your scrapbook - good luck! 

Look to the Skies - what do you see?

Lean back on a cloud lounger in our new Skylight Garden to discover cloud formations and fun shapes and faces in our vast Fenland skies - who knows what you might see!

Looking up at the sky
Anglesey Abbey Skylight Garden
Looking up at the sky

Find hidden treasure

Can you find the six secret geocaches we've hidden the around the gardens?

You can download the co-ordinates to your GPS or mobile phone from

Please remember to put the geocache back where you found it, so that other people will be able to find it.

Get baking

Take a tour of historic Lode Mill. Watch as the giant waterwheel turns the millstones to produce lovely wholesome wholemeal flour. 

The internal workings of Lode Mill
Picture showing visitors looking at internal workings of Lode Mill
The internal workings of Lode Mill

Why not buy a bag of flour fresh from the chute and bake a tasty treat for your family when you get home.

A two wheel adventure

For a real adventure why not cycle from Wicken Fen along the Lodes Way cycleway to Anglesey Abbey. 

It's eight miles each way and the route is virtually flat all the way. Look out for Wicken's herds of konik ponies, highland cattle and marsh harriers floating on the breeze.

Cycling the Lodes Way
Picture of a family cycling along Monks Lode
Cycling the Lodes Way

Wicken Fen cycle hire open daily from 10am - 5pm (last hire 3pm).

Feeling peckish

The Redwoods restaurant will be serving a tasty range of hot a cold drinks, sandwiches, hot meals and plenty of homemade scones and cake.

Our Snack Van, a converted 1960s horse box can be found near the house, serving hot & cold drinks, sandwiches and ice creams. 

Nature's Wild Diner, near the Lime Tree Lookout treehouse, in Hoe Fen, will be serving up tasty picnic treats every day from 11am to 4pm throughout the school holidays.