More to explore! May half term at Attingham

Hunting for butterflies

With camping, wildlife spotting and archaeology there's more to explore and lots of ways to 'Grow Your Green Roots' this May half term at Attingham. The days are getting warmer and the park has come to life, it’s a great time to get outside and explore.

Summer's nearly here and it's time to explore! With the warmer weather here, and the parkland open until 7pm - where will you explore and what will you choose to do at Attingham this May half term?

Saturday 25 May: Attingham Camp - FULLY BOOKED

We're kicking off the half term with the Attingham Camp. The popular organised camp is back for the fourth year, at a new time of year! Get your camping adventures underway at this one night event where a host of activities will take place, and dinner and breakfast are provided! Don't forget your tent! The camp starts at 2pm on Saturday 25 and runs into the day on Sunday 26 May.

Adult £30, child £15 (age 2-16), child under 2 £5. Booking in advance is essential and bookings can be taken up until the Thursday before the event. To find out more information and book your place visit our What's on page here.

Pitch your tent at the Attingham Camp.
Family pitching a tent in a field
Pitch your tent at the Attingham Camp.

Tuesday 28 May: Deer Park Safari

Take a seat on our tractor and trailer as we head off into the Deer Park to see the estate and spot wildlife. Safari's last approximately 45 minutes and take place at set times throughout the day. Tickets cost £4 per person and pre-booking for time slots in advance is strongly advised, via our What’s On page.

The fallow deer at Attingham Park
Eight fallow deer grazing in the deer park at Attingham Park
The fallow deer at Attingham Park

Wednesday 29 May: Family Wildlife Day (10am-2pm)

Join our skilled learning team for a family day based around our popular Wildlife school programme. This wildlife day includes a guided tractor and trailer ride around the SSSI Deer Park, a woodland walk off the beaten path where visitors don't go but is home to many different animals; can you spot signs of where they've been? Discover what lives in the pond with a dipping net. What will you catch?

Tickets cost £9 per adult and £7 per child and must be prebooked in advance, for more information and to book visit our What's On page here.

Pond-dipping is a great activity for families
Family pond-dipping
Pond-dipping is a great activity for families

Thursday 30 May to Thursday 6 June: Attingham Uncovered - an archaeological dig

Last summer we discovered the archaeological remains of an unknown and un-mapped building close to the Walled Garden, and spent two weeks uncovering its mysteries. We found more than expected including the remains of structural walls, hand-painted window glass fragments and a Purbeck marble fire place. Research at the property archives unearthed vague records of a 'summer house in the woods'.

Now we are back at the site to enhance our understanding of this interesting structure and its relation to the story of Attingham, as we dig futher around the exterior of this structure.

You can see the dig progressing between 10am and 4pm each day.

Uncover the archaeology of the Midlands
hands with trowels digging in sand
Uncover the archaeology of the Midlands

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June: Have a go archaeology (family sessions)

Are you or a member of your family a budding archaeologist? Book on to one of our 'Have a go' sessions and discovering the past beneath our feet.

There are two sessions each day, of two hour long, and include an introduction to the fine art of archaeology with an overview of what has been found so far, instruction in how to use the provided tools and a chance to get dirt under your nails and dig yourself.

This activity is suitable for all ages, children and adults alike (under 5’s are free but must have a ticket), and children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets cost £3 per person and must be booked in advance, you can find out more information and book on our What's On page here.

Standard admission charges to Attingham will also apply for non-members of the National Trust for all the above events excluding Attingham Camp.

 

More than activities and events?

Aside from the brilliant events and activities we've got planned for May half term - there's everything else Attingham has to offer for you to explore. A visit to Attingham, arguably Shropshire's greatest country estate, can include a visit to the impressive georgian Mansion,  relaxing in the Walled Garden and Orchard, running off steam in the large play field, a stroll in the Pleasure Grounds, or a walk through the Deer Park and woodlands. Whether you're visiting for half a day or a full day, are a regular visitor, or visiting for the first time, there's something for everyone at Attingham.

Pack a picnic and explore: don't forget your sandwiches for a busy day ticking off your 50 Things!
Young boy and girl sitting on a picnic blanket eating their sandwiches
Pack a picnic and explore: don't forget your sandwiches for a busy day ticking off your 50 Things!

Run off steam at the Field of Play

Always fun, whatever the weather - Attingham's Field of Play is the perfect place to run off steam and have fun. With space to play on things, in things, and around things, there's play equipment and space for you to run, walk, roll, and play your own games. Head for the Walled Garden and you'll find the Field of Play through the Orchard. The Greedy Pig catering van serves hot and cold drinks and snacks from 11am on weekends and school holidays between April and September (weather dependent).

Come rain or shine head up to the Field of Play to run off some steam
A girl playing with a parachute in the Field of Play at Attingham Park
Come rain or shine head up to the Field of Play to run off some steam

Explore indoors

If the weather takes a turn, take cover in the Mansion. Open from 11am with last entry at 4.30pm, head inside and find out 'Who's munching in the Mansion?' on our beastly bug trail. While you're there, uncover the stories of the Mansion and the people who lived and worked there. You might even stumble across the servants in the basement on selected days!