More to explore! May half term at Attingham

A family visiting the Walled Garden at Attingham Park, Shropshire.

The days are getting warmer and the park is bursting with nature and wildlife, May half term and the Jubilee bank holiday weekend are a great time to get outside and explore Attingham.

Summer's nearly here and it's time to explore! Where will you go and what will you choose to do at Attingham this May half term? 

There is something for everyone with acres of the estate to explore, including the walled garden, deer park, field of play and woodland walks. 

Nature Crowns - family activity

From 28 May to 5 June families can get creative with Nature Crowns. Decorate your crown using nature’s precious jewels including beautiful fallen leaves, a rare feather or striking blades of grass. Available from Visitor Reception on arrival, it costs £1.50 per person to take part. 

Maeflower Dance performances

Maeflower Dance return to Attingham Park on Friday 3 and Sunday 5 June at 11.30am and 2pm to celebrate the Jubilee with a suite of dances each painting a different colour of the rainbow.  

Head to the front of the Mansion to watch seven unique dances. The outdoor dances each last around 3 minutes and will reflect the weather on the day, as well as exploring the different colours of the rainbow.

Lawn games and Mansion visits

Throughout the May half term holiday you can take time out for a game of croquet whilst enjoying a picnic on the Mansion lawn.  When your ready to explore more, step inside the Mansion ground floor showrooms to see the Sultana room and picture gallery with its Regency glass roof.  

Book your visit to Attingham this half term

Attingham is one of the busiest properties in the National Trust. Visitor numbers have grown from 154,000 in 2006 to 541,000 in 2019 and we anticipate 2022 will be our busiest year ever.

We love being busy, but in the school holidays we can experience surges in visitor numbers at certain times of day, which can overwhelm our visitor facilities particularly car parking, visitor welcome and the café.

To safeguard your visitor experience and rather than closing when our car park is full, we are trialling a booking system at peak times over the school holidays this year.

We have plenty of tickets available and booking spreads visits out across the day so our car park and visitor facilities can continue to operate efficiently and effectively.

You can book on the day or in advance to guarantee entry.

Outside of the school holidays there is no requirement to book.

Thank you so much for supporting Attingham to be full of life and locally loved.

The next peak time for visiting will be the school holidays and Jubilee bank holiday weekend from Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June and tickets can be booked now.

Paddle the Tern with Shrewsbury Canoe Hire

Weekends, 10am-4pm (additional dates in school holidays).

Enjoy a paddle down the Tern, setting off from the jetty close to the Mansion, and heading up stream to the Cable-Stay bridge, before returning to the jetty.

Please book your canoe in advance through Shrewsbury Canoe Hire's website here.  Non-members of the National Trust who have canoeing tickets need to pay the £5 Sports Entry fee at Visitor Reception on the day.

Please note: Canoeing is subject to the weather and river levels – and may be cancelled if adverse conditions. Please read carefully the terms and conditions and criteria on Shrewsbury Canoe Hire's website before booking. 

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 of  space for you to run, walk, roll, and play your own games.

Field of Play from above Attingham Park Shropshire

Find out more about the Field of Play

Find out more about the Field of Play.