February adventures at Attingham Park

The bothy at Attingham dressed as Mr McGregor's house

If Attingham is your local green space for exercise stretch your legs around the grounds this February. Whether you're visiting on a weekday, weekend, or at half term, there's plenty to see on your wander, and the Field of Play is open for you to explore.

Come rain or shine, head out on a walk to explore the park as spring begins, spot the snowdrops as they spring up in the woodland, watch the wildlife in the park, splash in puddles, and take home an activity pack to light up the dark evenings.

Visits to Attingham are by pre-booked ticket for the Parkland, Walled Garden, Orchard, Walks, and Field of Play (some restrictions in place). Following the Prime Minister's announcement of the latest lockdown in England the outdoors at Attingham remains open for local visitors to access fresh air and open space for exercise in line with government guidance. 

To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, we've reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time, there are one-way routes in place entering and leaving the grounds, and you’ll need to book your visit in advance.

 

Explore outdoors

Spot the snowdrops: Each February the woodland at Attingham turns white and green as the snowdrops come into flower. Head out on a self-led adventure, following the signage on site, to our Snowdrop Path to find the biggest displays (snowdrops are expected to be at their best mid-late February, but weather conditions may affect this).

The woodland floor is transformed as the snowdrops spring up
A view into the woodland at Attingham which is covered in snowdrops
The woodland floor is transformed as the snowdrops spring up

To brighten up the last of the winter afternoons we've added some twinkling fairylights along the route to the Snowdrop Path. Why not book to visit later in the day to see them in a different light?

Stop in at the Walled Garden: Until Sunday 28 February you can peek inside and see the Bothy dressed as Mr McGregor's house. What have those animals been up to inside? Head out to the orchard, and find who's burrow is under the sheds.

Peek inside the Bothy, transformed into Mr McGregor's house.
The bothy at Attingham dressed as Mr McGregor's house
Peek inside the Bothy, transformed into Mr McGregor's house.

Light up February with a take home woodland tealight activity pack: While you're enjoying a walk in the grounds, pick up a 'Light up the dark' clay activity pack to take home with you to create a woodland themed tealight holder.

Create a woodland inspired tealight holder with a take-home pack from Attingham
A clay tealight holder designed to look like leaves
Create a woodland inspired tealight holder with a take-home pack from Attingham

Collect your pack from Reception on arrival, packs includes air-drying clay, battery powered tea light, and an instruction and inspiration sheet. While on your walk around Attingham collect some natural decorations in your bag to use later at home when you are making your tealight holder. Suitable for ages 3 years and above (with adult supervision), packs cost £4, card payments only please, available while stocks last.  

Create a woodland inspired tealight holder with a take-home pack from Attingham
A clay tealight holder designed to look like leaves
Create a woodland inspired tealight holder with a take-home pack from Attingham

Watch the wildlife: If your day of exploring Attingham takes you up towards the Deer Park keep an eye out for our fallow deer herd. Find our more about the Deer in our seasonal Deer Diary.

The deer herd in winter at Attingham Park.

Deer diary: The Attingham herd

The Attingham deer herd is the beating heart of the estate. Descended from the fallow deer introduced by Thomas 2nd Lord Berwick, Attingham is home to around 200 deer.

Run off steam in the Field of Play: Tog up for the weather, don't forget your wellies for when its muddy! The kiosk in the Field of Play will be open daily from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 February from 11am-3pm. Serving hot and cold drinks and a limited range of snacks and confectionary, card payments only please. Please remember a face covering for use while being served at the kiosk. 

Field of Play from above Attingham Park Shropshire

Find out about the Field of Play re-opening

If you’ve got a ticket booked to Attingham and are expecting to visit the Field of Play, located at the top of the Mile Walk, read this article to find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. We've made some changes to our usual offer, to help keep everyone safe.

 

Admission to Attingham

Visits to Attingham need to be booked in advance. National Trust members and under 5s visit Attingham for free, whole property admission charges apply for non-members for the activities above. When you visit Attingham, spot the snowdrops, take home an activity pack, or warm up with a hot chocolate from the cafe, you're helping conserve and maintain this special place for future generations. Thank you for your support.

Looking across the Deer Park towards the Mansion at Attingham Park.

Please book before visiting 

The parkland, grounds, walks and Field of Play at Attingham are open to enjoy in line with government guidance. You'll need to book tickets online (available up to an hour before visiting) or by calling 03442 491 895. You'll need your ticket/booking ref and NT membership card (if applicable) ready for admission. The Mansion remains closed.

Cycling at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

February half term for all the family 

While we’re in lockdown for the start of 2021 and no events are planned, there’s still lots to keep little ones busy at home or in your local area this February half term. From finding a new hobby, being inspired by '50 things to do before you're 11¾' or discovering a new favourite book, we've got plenty of ideas for outdoor and indoor family fun.